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August team reports

After taking a break from the Adulthood Project in July, the lab is up and running again for August, with a shift in focus toward data analysis. While we have a couple of potential interviews to do, the pause in operations has made it clear how much data we actually have already. The plan now

Updates on Generations and on College Debt

Shortly after posting earlier this week regarding my frustration with media misimpressions, I discovered two useful things. One supports my argument that the supposed student debt crisis has been blown all out of proportion (this Brookings Institutions report), and the other corrects my idea that the media refers to everyone born after 1980 as Millennials.

Historical Journey is a Winding Path

On the Metra up to the Chicago History Museum this Tuesday I dipped my toes back into the Stephanie Coontz book, “Marriage A History”. It seems as though marriage had become a political struggle manifesting itself into s series of power plays. It has been difficult for me to read about the role women played in

Education through the decades

Back a couple weeks ago when we went to do research at Northwestern University one of the sources I found was an Encyclopedia called American Decades. I originally just looked up the sections on vocational education within these encyclopedias. This past week when I went to find American Decades, I found that not every decade

Media misimpressions

A number of things have crossed my desk in the past week that I feel compelled to respond to, in large part because I’ve grown deeply weary of the “kids these days” stories that dominate the media whenever so-called “millennials” are mentioned. Leaving aside the issue of who constitutes the millennials (pundits seem to include

Why Do I Have to Work the Second Shift?

This past week on the job, I spent most of my efforts researching causes of the work-family conflict. Though it is not something that has been determined exactly, I did read many studies that leaned towards the same sort of ideas of where the work-family conflict develops. Along with this journal reading, I also finished

Don’t let the guest towels fool you; we’re not our parents yet…

This week in The Adulthood Project I started a new book called Twenty Something: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck? by Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter Samantha Henig. Keeping the theme of “anti-adulthood” and the “Peter Pan” lifestyle, this book discusses why Millennials are stuck and looking into if this generation really is different than those of the past.

Thinking about the Big Picture

As this field season has been speeding by, I’m finding myself thinking hard about the way the Adulthood Project is evolving. On the one hand, there is the question at the heart of my own research, but at the same time, there is real teaching and learning happening more or less daily as different researchers

Coding Ann Landers

The evolution of marriage plays a pivotal role in unraveling the tangled web that is the Adulthood Project. Similarly, I find that marriage is so crucial an institution in American culture. Last week I mentioned in my post that we would visit the Chicago History Museum to look and primary documents that would aid in our research

Education in settlement houses

This past week, our team visited the Chicago History Museum to continue gathering information about our individual topics. I was able to pull boxes from a settlement house in Cook County in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Settlement houses are basically where large groups of people would live together in an attempt to improve