A Formulation for the Demographic, Sociological and Economic Dimensions of the So-called Generation Gap

Karol J. Krotki


The structure of this paper is adequately described by its
title. The title also summarizes its content. There is also a fourth
part to the paper, which suggests such alternative explanations of the
generation gap as might appear reasonable to those who agree with the
three main propositions of the paper. The paper does not deal with the
host of considerations outside demography, sociology and economics that
are not mentioned in the title, even though such considerations could be
relevant to the discussion. The paper does not deal with the
psychological, certainly not with the psychiatric (Freudian and
pseudo-Freudian), political, cultural and historical aspects, except in
so far as they are convenient or helpful in determining the main theme
of the paper. The various facets not covered have been excluded partly
because of this author's incom¬petence in the respective fields and
partly because of his lack of interest. The last phrase is a euphemistic
way of saying that in this opinion many of the explanations are
nonsensical, such as the son-father conflict viewed as a matter of
general, inevitable, and unavoidable development and not merely as a
sporadic, infrequent and individual aberration.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v14i4pp.451-468


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