Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials

Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials

Kids These Days Human Capital and the Making of Millennials Named one of Fall s most anticipated books by New York Magazine Publishers Weekly Nylon and LitHub Everyone knows what s wrong with Millennials Glenn Beck says we ve been ruined by participati

  • Title: Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials
  • Author: Malcolm Harris
  • ISBN: 9780316510868
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Named one of Fall 2017 s most anticipated books by New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Nylon, and LitHub Everyone knows what s wrong with Millennials Glenn Beck says we ve been ruined by participation trophies Simon Sinek says we have low self esteem An Australian millionaire says Millennials could all afford homes if we d just give up avocado toast Thanks, millNamed one of Fall 2017 s most anticipated books by New York Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Nylon, and LitHubEveryone knows what s wrong with Millennials Glenn Beck says we ve been ruined by participation trophies Simon Sinek says we have low self esteem An Australian millionaire says Millennials could all afford homes if we d just give up avocado toast Thanks, millionaire This Millennial is here to prove them all wrong The best, most comprehensive work of social and economic analysis about our benighted generation Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens The kind of brilliantly simple idea that instantly clarifies an entire area of culture William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep Millennials have been stereotyped as lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and immature We ve gotten so used to sloppy generational analysis filled with dumb clich s about young people that we ve lost sight of what really unites Millennials Namely We are the most educated and hard working generation in American history We poured historic and insane amounts of time and money into preparing ourselves for the 21st century labor market We have been taught to consider working for free homework, internships a privilege for our own benefit We are poorer, medicated, and precariously employed than our parents, grandparents, even our great grandparents, with less of a social safety net to boot Kids These Days, is about why In brilliant, crackling prose, early Wall Street occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about our maligned birth cohort Examining trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and , Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments, Harris argues, and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the consequences now that we are grown up.

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    A summary of the economic and social problems faced by the "Millennial" generational cohort, roughly born between 1980-2000. The first two chapters summarize the "perfect storm" of high expectations and increasing costs endemic to the American high education system. Harris deals admirably with increasing tuition costs, the student loan crises, worsened by state governments cutting back funding to public schools. The discussion of overwork and increased rates of severe mental illness among second [...]

    Thankfully smart people are starting to write smart books about what millennials are actually like. This one is particularly good, if bleak--the real world that the millennia generation is growing up in is one of more, harder work for fewer and fewer rewards. Cheery reading it's not, but necessary as an analysis of what it is we're talking about when we say "late capitalism" it certainly is.

    I've never been one to blame millennials or make fun of them. I interact with a lot of them as an educator and I've been nothing but impressed. They're better than my generation. This book is a bleak look at what millennials have to deal with, but that's not why it's relevant. It's important because the book takes a macro look at the economic trends that have resulted in this generation. That and the excessive policing and drugging, but Harris claims that all of that stems from the exploitation [...]

    Easily the most important book yet written on the subject. Any honest discussion of millennials ought to start here. In which we see ourselves as the inflection point of late capitalism, or western civilization in general. How will capitalism end? If we look to the daily habits and life prospects of the generation born since the onset on neoliberalism, we start to get an answer. *talkin' bout my generationMom and Dad, I don't blame you. In retrospect, maybe seems unwise to procreate during this [...]

    igur/EWsNP3ggI enjoyed this book, but I'd have a hard time recommending it to anyone. I would describe it as a series of essays about how capitalism overworks you and makes you crazy, and how millennials, born into our dysfunctional capitalism-in-decline, are overworked and made crazy. Harris doesn't seem to be an expert in anything other than the on-the-ground experience of Occupy. If you want to actually dig into the dysfunctions of public schools or independent contractor work or loan debt or [...]

    Bleak in both its conclusions and on the potential for escaping them, Kids These Days is still very much worth a read.

    An extensive overview of the social trends that have shaped the environment that American millennials have grown up in, and the behaviors that we have developed in response. Harris' weaving of "human capital" (where personal investments [like education, self-improvement, professional development] manifest in the workforce to be accessed by employers and capitalists) throughout the work is a compelling explanation for why millennials are inheriting an increasingly competitive and atomized worldvi [...]

    This was a really interesting look at Millennials. The idea of Human Capital and the millennial generation being trained to work harder, longer and for less, is fascinating and relevant. This is not the normal "what's wrong with this generation who always looks at their phone?" but really analyzes what has made millennials the way they are, the strengths they bring to the future, the hurdles they will face. The evaluation of youtube stars and the expectations of performers - human capital - was [...]

    HIGHLY recommend Malcolm Harris' KIDS THESE DAYS, a well-argued analysis of the social and economic trends that shaped Millennials as a generation. It's harrowing and depressing, but fantastically informative.Goes without saying that I don't agree on every point, but I found it well-considered and fascinating. Great use of Marxist critique analyzing modern society to get me to think about some of my pre-held beliefs a little differently.

    I’d like to assign this book to every old fart I’ve ever heard deride Millennials as “entitled,” one thing they demonstrably aren’t. Harris’ book is engrossing and exceptionally well-researched and argued, with a conclusion that’s a few steps away from a great American dystopic novel.

    This book does a very good job defining the range of mindsets defining my generation and exploring the economic and social forces that shape us. The final chapter exploring the current economic trends continuing on into the future is chilling and eye-opening.

    Luckily, Malcom Harris is fairly hilarious, which makes this mostly depressing book go down easier. He shows how major changes in all of our important institutions have conspired to produce the millennial generation. For those expecting insights on avocado toast and selfies, this book probably isn't for you. It instead is a materialistic look at the economic and ideological drivers of the last 3 decades.The last chapter especially is fantastic with Harris looking to what the future might look li [...]

    It's good, it's accessible, it's short, it's light material. It's not without its flaws and it's not Mandatory Reading in the way that Capital or The Game of Thrones are, but I still recommend it.Kids These Days seeks to break down some of the stereotypes of the Millenial generation (~1980-2000) by describing the world in which (American) Millenials grew up give in order to context for their behaviour, as well as explain who has benefitted from shaping Millenials into the people they are. While [...]

    This is a book that will be read and devoured by those who can relate, or derided and disregarded by those who can't or (I think more likely) don't want to. While the book focuses on the plight of the generation of yours truly (don't worry, this book mentions how self-absorbed millenials are), the ills and pains and trends can be felt across all generations, even those before us. Based on how often I encounter the next generation and their prospects for the future, I think they'll look back at t [...]

    Born 1985. Malcolm Harris, it's not you, it's me. Well, maybe it's not entirely me and maybe it's some of you. Either way, I was clearly not the target audience for this book. I do not espouse the term "late capitalism", I did not stand with Occupy Wall Street, I did not vote for Bernie Sanders. Which means that a lot of your conclusions, I disagreed with. That's okay, but let's get a few things straight here that we can agree on:1. Companies are not hiring women because executives can pay them [...]

    This was one of the most disturbing books I have read in a while. Malcolm Harris describes the forces that have shaped his generation, The Millenials, in ways that are both compelling and disturbing. He sees that the forces of neoliberalism capitalism have extended well beyond the marketplace to child-rearing, schooling, relationships and a general sense of direction in life. He paints a picture of millennial childhood beginning as a series of planned activities to build human capital that will [...]

    I read this book because I have a specific opinion on the Millennial Generation: specifically, I believe they have been given a bad rap and they are no different (more narcissistic) than any other previous young cohort. The first 60 or so pages were well reasoned and interesting. Once the author started using the well worn vernacular of Karl Marx, he started to lose me. It became clear rather quickly that Mr. Harris was using the facts and statistics in this book to support his preconceived noti [...]

    Essentially, this book uses highfalutin academic ideas and jargon to break down how millennials are fucked (pardon my French) in ways you'd hardly know from reading any number of articles about how they're putting delicious chain restaurants out of business.I could have used more discussion about whether millennials actually don't like Olive Garden or if they just can't afford to eat there, but I guess that was beyond this book's purview. It's more concerned with how they've arrived at a place w [...]

    I'm not sure five stars is the correct rating for this. Harris's book is more striking then good. It is an unrelenting bummer. I felt while reading it that when I bring up arguments from the book in conversations over the next few weeks and months they will be dismissed out of hand pretty quickly with no real explanation. Perhaps I should just tell people to read the book instead of trying to talk about it. The author ranges over a lot of territory which makes every topic feel a bit cursory. The [...]

    I find the idea of "human capital" one that isn't discussed nearly enough. The ending is bleak and depressing as hell - on purpose! doesn't think anything can fix this! - which initially made me want to give this three stars. But that would be a very entitled #millenial thing for me to do, so, I didn't.I remember noticing some of these trends while I was in high school, and I was a huge moron in high school. Every year, SAT scores go up and acceptance rates go down at colleges all across the cou [...]

    hard-hitting critique of the System and how it exploits the young people. From excessive homework through upper-limit control strategies and overmedication to make sure you sit still and pay attention in school to your unpaid internships to your ruthless competition for sub-living-wage jobs that make it almost impossible to pay back student loans to your lack of political clout unless you're a 1%'er, and on and on, it's not a cheerful take on the social and economic and political structures faci [...]

    The information is wonderfully collected. I think this work is very functional to understanding alienation within the Millennial character. The writing tends to add fluff when there isn't any need for it. For example, I could skip most end sentences because they so often did't contained new information, contextualization, or a transition to the next point. Additionally, I found the conclusion section to be nothing but guess work. If I were to have finished before the last section, I would not ha [...]

    Compelling, well-researched book. The frame of human capital is a compelling one in explaining education and labor, which are the strongest parts. Could've done a better job unpacking what it means to be a generation and why we frame discussions that way. Also takes a hit from its single-minded focus on generational analysis; there's a common argument that the decoupling of wages and productivity can be attributed to rising healthcare costs, for instance, as opposed to the less detailed factors [...]

    I got cut from my precarious job 4 hours early today without notice, and appropriately came home to finish this book. 'Kids these days' is a Molotov cocktail launched at media accounts of millennials as lazy, dependent, or entitled. Harris breaks down some data, laying the blame for our cohorts struggles squarely on the capitalists who created the mess in the first place. The conclusion is particularly startling and radical, and entirely appropriate. He was obviously limited in focus to this cou [...]

    Fascinating book that connects a lot of my individual experiences (especially my connections to higher ed) into a larger structural context. I appreciate that it's a nice brief book, but with brevity often comes missed nuance. I have particular issue with how he quantifies the effects of widely available porn on our generation. His definition of millennial is those born between 1980 and 2000 (which is my preferred parameters too) and I found that his chapter about childhood seems to be more focu [...]

    This is a really thought provoking book. It is kind of like freakonomics for Millennials, using data and surveys to challenge our presuppositions and biases about millennials. It is well worth the read for the simple purpose of cutting through all of the misinformation and misunderstanding that we carry around about this generation. Malcolm Harris has his slants and preferences about the way things should be, which colors some of his arguments and the information that he focuses on, so this is b [...]

    The debate over what Millennials are and how we got to be could benefit from healthy levels of skepticism and data when it comes to the common narrative. For the first 200 pages of this book, Malcolm Harris delivers those with varying degrees of efficacy. And you get to the conclusion chapter and you come face-to-face with pure, unbridled cynicism and defeatism. Seriously, if you’ve ever wondered what a bummed out Bernie voter/ex-Occupy Wall Streeter felt about the future of the Millennial gen [...]

    If you don't know much about generational differences and want to learn more, this book is a great introduction (although depressing if you're actually a millennial). I am familiar with all of the research he discusses in this book because this is part of my field of expertise, so I am extra critical about the book. The few times he uses graphs - there are mistakes. The psychological research is at a surface level (please talk about Arnett, not just Twenge). At the end of the book, there is stil [...]

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