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[Book Review] Broken dreams: an intimate history of the midlife crisis by Mark Jackson, London, Reaktion Books Ltd, 2021, 272 pp.

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posted on 2024-06-10, 10:23 authored by Jill KirbyJill Kirby

Mark Jackson’s excellent Broken Dreams: An Intimate History of the Midlife Crisis tracks the circumstances and influences that made the notion of midlife crisis significant in private lives, public discussion and academic research in Britain and the United States from the middle decades of the twentieth century. Indeed, it is the social, economic, political and cultural changes of the post-Second World War period and their effects on individuals and families that underpin the narrative of the book. Unlike earlier work on middle age by Benson, the focus is specifically on the concept of crisis, although it shares some common ground particularly around discussions of health and family life.

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  • Published

Journal

Contemporary British History

ISSN

1361-9462

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Issue

1

Volume

37

Page range

157-158

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  • History Publications

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University of Sussex

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