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Broken Dreams by Mark Jackson

Broken Dreams: An Intimate History of the Midlife Crisis

Mark Jackson

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Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication date: 17 May 2021
ISBN: 9781789143959

A meticulously researched account of the midlife crisis in both men and women.

4 stars out of 5
Johanna Thomas-Corr
16 May 2021

"Jackson is excellent on a particular kind of midlife crack-up associated with irascible white bureaucrats about 50 years ago."

The midlife crisis has also surely changed just as society has changed. In the West people are having children later, the older generation is living longer, salaries are falling and so too, it seems, is western civilisation. If, as Jackson claims, the postwar midlife crisis was sociologically prescribed, it can always change. In which case: what will a post-pandemic midlife crisis look like? How will the huge social and economic pressures bear down on our own crack-ups? And will our revolts be private or political?

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