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Q: List and ages of generations ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: List and ages of generations
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: azjoey-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 19 Aug 2005 18:57 PDT
Expires: 18 Sep 2005 18:57 PDT
Question ID: 557906
I need a list, a correct list of generation labels and birthdates,
I.E. gen X Born xxxx to xxxx etc...
I have found several lists but all conflict, which is the correct list?

Request for Question Clarification by justaskscott-ga on 19 Aug 2005 19:09 PDT
What would you consider a "correct list"?  There is no government
agency or standards organization that definitively determines, "This
is Gen X; that is Gen Y."  These are labels that various private
individuals have invented and applied.

Still, there are sources that one might consider relatively
authoritative.  What kinds of sources would you view as authoritative?

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 19 Aug 2005 19:18 PDT
I can provide you with a list of generational nicknames that dates
back hundreds of years but the actual dates spanning these generations
is not carved in stone ANYWHERE.

Considering the price you are offering would this list of names alone
be sufficient as an answer?


Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 19 Aug 2005 19:21 PDT
When I say "provide a list" I mean provide a list that I would compile
from research of various sources and not some "official" list from an
authority on the subject (assuming there is one).


Clarification of Question by azjoey-ga on 19 Aug 2005 20:08 PDT
I was actuall looking for a basic short list starting from around 1900. example:

1980-1989 Is Gen x
1990-2005 is Gen (?)
Some sites say i am a baby Boomer one site says i am a gen X, I was born Dec 1963.

Request for Question Clarification by tutuzdad-ga on 19 Aug 2005 20:26 PDT
Yes, I know. I think a list of names is the best you will do though.
The minimum or maximum for these generations varies from source to
source and none of them are "official".

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: List and ages of generations
From: pinkfreud-ga on 19 Aug 2005 19:06 PDT
The concept of a "correct list" is a bit off. There just isn't any
central authority that is establishing this sort of thing. The lists
conflict because this is a matter of judgment and opinion, and there
has been no standardization by an official body.
Subject: Re: List and ages of generations
From: myoarin-ga on 19 Aug 2005 19:19 PDT
Generations overlap, even in one family, uncles or aunts younger than
their nieces or nephews; men older than their mother-in-law.
People are born every year; some families may have four generations in
a century, others three.  The rule of thumb seems to be 30 years
average per generation.
Subject: Re: List and ages of generations
From: czh-ga on 19 Aug 2005 19:43 PDT
The works of William Strauss and Neil Howe are among the most popular
on this subject. Scroll down the page to the table for the
"Anglo-American Generational History" developed by Strauss and Howe
which generated many of the most familiar generational labels.
Strauss and Howe

Strauss and Howe (William Strauss and Neil Howe) are a duo of authors
who are known for their books on generations and history. According to
the Strauss and Howe theory of history, historical eras run in
repeated cycles and are shaped by the different generations alive at
different ages at the time, who themselves fall into repeating

Anglo-American Generational History
Strauss and Howe have identified the following generations, listed
here with the birthyear ranges Strauss and Howe gave to them and the
archetypes they assigned each:

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