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Ageing and ‘Doing Gender‘ in the Era of Value Change

Christina von Hodenberg

Scholars tend to write the cultural history of post-war Germany from the perspective of youth, tracing epochal shifts to the attitudes, protests and subcultures of the young generation. For the 1960s and 1970s, a period of affluence and value transformation, alleged conflicts between male educated youth and their Nazi or authoritarian fathers often serve to explain political change. Researchers have all but neglected the complex roles of middle-aged and elderly people, and the conflicts between different generations of women. This project explores the Sixties generation gap in new ways by focussing on older people‘s relationship to changing mores, the gendered subtext of contemporary clashes, the agency of women and the intermediary position of the middle generation.

Related Events:

An Era of Value Change: The Seventies in Europe, Conference, 14-16 March 2019, GHI London with Queen Mary University and GHI Rome

Generational Clash and Gender Conflict in an Era of Value Change, Lecture at University of California, Berkeley, 17 April 2019

The Sixties in Germany and Britain: A Cultural Revolution?, Special Subject Module for Undergraduate Students, Queen Mary University 2017/18