Pre lecture reading: article on political correctness and the university of chicago, value of. Baby snatchers, violent crime rates, critical outbreaks, terrorism, secondhand smoke) Two major factors historical timing and demographic differences- that differentiated between the baby boomers and gen x. Some data on exaggerated fear of crime. Number of people dying gun shootings. Terrorist attacks and gun shootings - chicago 50th murder. One in 10 people die in bath tubs. Examples to full it in such as images and stories. Understand how life chances affected by broader social forces. Intersection of three variables: history, social structure, biography (of individual) Set of people born at the same time. Experience similar things at the same age (especially teen years) Major differences between baby boom and gen x cohorts i. e. antagonistic terms: history. Size, politics and culture (building high schools), kennedy , student protest, womens movement. Late 50 to 70 not many sexual dates around. With money power, university acceptances were limited.