IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(3): 316-320 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.473

Rebellion and Return: Probing into the Marriage and Family Values of Generation X

Bingtian Zhang
Abstract—Family is a basic form of social life while marriage is a prerequisite for family formation. Marriage takes various forms in different periods in the same country; and family values vary in different historical periods and under different historical conditions. Influenced by the counterculture movement in the 1960s, Generation X, the offspring of the baby boomers, have inherited the rebellious and challenging spirit against the traditional American mainstream marriage and family values; meanwhile, affected by the rise of neo-conservatism and anti-feminist movement, Generation X have approved of and thus returned to the traditional American marriage and family values. By interpreting the novel of Generation X from literary and historical perspectives, the marriage and family values of Generation X have been analyzed and elaborated.

Index Terms—Generation X, marriage and family values, Hippies, baby boomers, Coupland.

Bingtian Zhang is with the School of Fundamental Studies, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai, 201620 P. R. China (e-mail: bingtianzhang@sues.edu.cn).

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Cite: Bingtian Zhang, " Rebellion and Return: Probing into the Marriage and Family Values of Generation X," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 473-V00023, 2015.

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