Generations succeed but do not resemble each other: The X, Y and baby-boomer generations in Quebec / Les générations se suivent… et ne se ressemblent pas : les X et Y et les baby boomers au Québec

Generations succeed but do not resemble each other: The X, Y and baby-boomer generations in Quebec / Les générations se suivent… et ne se ressemblent pas : les X et Y et les baby boomers au Québec

Generations succeed but do not resemble each other: The X, Y and baby-boomer generations in Quebec / Les générations se suivent… et ne se ressemblent pas : les X et Y et les baby boomers au Québec

Generations succeed but do not resemble each other: The X, Y and baby-boomer generations in Quebec / Les générations se suivent… et ne se ressemblent pas : les X et Y et les baby boomers au Québecs

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Référence bibliographique [2452]

Légaré, Jacques et Ménard, Pierre-Olivier. 2007. «Generations succeed but do not resemble each other: The X, Y and baby-boomer generations in Quebec / Les générations se suivent… et ne se ressemblent pas : les X et Y et les baby boomers au Québec ». Horizons, vol. 9, no 3, p. 9-14.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The purpose of this study is to draw a portrait of ’Generation X’ and ’Generation Y’ in Quebec. » (p. 9)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
The sources of the results are the « Institut de la statistique du Québec » and « Statistics Canada ». (pp. 10-12)

Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


« Some researchers have described the generation born after the baby boom as the ’sacrificed’ generation. This generation has experienced high unemployment, insecure jobs and lower wages. What has been the situation in the Quebec context? Can it be said that this generation is truly different from its predecessors? [...] To provide an overview of these two groups, various aspects of their lives will be presented to provide a clear picture of the specific characteristics of the two groups in comparison with the benchmark baby-boomer generation. It is appropriate to define who baby boomers, Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers are. For the purposes of this study, ’baby boomers’ are defined as people born immediately after World War II. [...] Generally speaking, Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers are quite different from their predecessors. Such differences are perceptible in terms of their history and their current behaviour: higher education attainment, fewer children, greater recourse to abortion, etc. In short, Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers are different from baby boomers. The social economic context in which they live is also quite different – recessions at the time of their entry into the labour market and the rise in self employment have contributed to less favourable employment conditions. » (pp. 9; 14)