College Youth: Psychohistory and Prospects
by Donald Light, Jr. & Robert S. Laufer - 1975
Our purpose here is to understand both the tremendous change which has come over college students since the 1960s and the continuities which today's youth have with the past. Looking at today's college students and the tone they set for their generation, many observers have concluded that the protest generation of the sixties was an anomaly, a unique product of special circumstances. This essay, however, presents the opposite and less obvious case: that youth of both decades share deeply rooted experiences which continue to generate discontent and painful contradiction; that students today have similar needs and search for personal meaning in a technological society as did the generation before them; and that the present, hard-working, conservative tone of campus life is caused by repressive forces which will pass.
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