Inter-generational housing inequalities: perspectives from ‘Baby Boomers’ versus the ‘Millennials’

J. Hoolachan, K. McKee

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In contrast to the post-war period, the late 20th and early 21st centuries in the UK have been characterised by the advancement of neoliberal policies including privatisation of the housing system and employment casualisation. Consequently, there are growing socioeconomic inequalities between those born in the post-war period – the ‘Baby Boomers’ – and the younger generation – the ‘Millenials’. Such inequalities have led to narratives of inter-generational conflict with Baby Boomers framed as jeopardising the futures of Millenials. Drawing on Mannheim’s theory of social generations, the concept of generational habitus and qualitative data from 49 Baby Boomers and 62 Millenials, we unpack the ways in which inter-generational inequalities are intersubjectively understood and discussed. Our data indicate that while young people are aware of inter-generational inequalities, they do not feel resentful towards their parents’ generation for profiting at their expense. Instead, many blame the government for not representing their interests. Thus, narratives of inter-generational conflict misleadingly direct blame towards the agency of Baby Boomers rather than political structures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Studies
Early online date3 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jul 2018


  • Millennials
  • Baby boom
  • Inter-generational
  • Housing inequalities
  • Mannheim
  • Social generations


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