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SOCIAL TRENDS. Social Trends- large scale changes in our society such as an increase in immigration, decrease in fertility rates, or growth in size of elderly population Demographers- social scientists who examine social trends by studying human populations

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social trends
SOCIAL TRENDS
  • Social Trends- large scale changes in our society such as an increase in immigration, decrease in fertility rates, or growth in size of elderly population
  • Demographers- social scientists who examine social trends by studying human populations
    • Provide population data and statistics
    • Anthropologists study the how social trends affect cultures
    • Sociologists explore the impact on families and social institutions
    • Psychologists study how social trends impact individuals
what is the baby boom
What Is The Baby Boom?
  • Baby boom generally known to refer to the demographic group born between 1946-1964
      • Why did it occur?
      • Soldiers returned home after World War II
        • Wanted to resume lives quickly
        • Came home with war brides
        • Government policy for soldiers
          • Laws allowed vets return to jobs
          • Low cost mortgages
          • Loans to upgrade education
        • Social norms (post war period)
          • Marriage acceptable
          • Domestically oriented era
          • Respectability achieved through marriage and family
          • Sex outside marriage condemned
impacts of the baby boom
Impacts Of The Baby Boom
  • Rapid growth of baby created massive social change
    • Suburban culture
      • Large demand for housing for new families
      • Construction boom
      • suburbia
        • Cars and road construction increased
        • Fast food
        • Shopping plazas
        • Drive ins
    • Institution Growth
      • Education Reform
        • Need for schools (high enrollment)
        • Progressive education
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Impacts Of The Baby Boom
  • Created a Counterculture
    • when young people express values and behaviours that conflict with societal norms
    • era between 1964 to 1972 era developed into socially conscious and rebellious group
  • Characterized by protest music (Vietnam),

anti war demonstrations,

and peace symbols

counterculture
Counterculture
  • Music focused on

1) protest and rebellion

against authority

2) freer attitudes towards sex and drugs

  • Popular musicians were The Who, Grateful Dead, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix
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Counterculture
  • Sexual promiscuity

increased

  • Illegal drug use

increased

  • Political activism

increased

    • in addition to anti war protest, environmental issues and rights of women and aboriginal people
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