Why 20-Somethings are Moving Back Home Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents and the Private Toll of Global Competition After they walk across the stage to accept their diplomas, many of this spring's college graduates are going to be heading home to live with their parents. Please join the New America Foundation for a discussion of Katherine Newman's new book, The Accordion Family, which looks at the growing phenomenon — in both America and other developed countries — of adults in their twenties and thirties living with their parents. Newman argues global economic conditions have altered the road to adulthood and redefined family life, noting how global competition has led to a restructuring of the labor market. She draws on over 300 interviews with parents and adult children in six countries to examine how family life is being shaped by the new global economic landscape. Newman delves into the wide ranging cultural implications of young adults living at home, from how plummeting fertility rates affect social policy to the often complex attitudes towards immigrants, whose higher birth rates are fueling economies and altering national demographics. With noted demographer Phil Longman responding, it is sure to be a fascinating discussion. Participants Featured Speaker Katherine S. Newman Professor of Sociology and James Knapp Dean Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University Respondent Phil Longman Senior Research Fellow New America Foundation Moderator David Gray Director, Workforce and Family Program New America Foundation http://www.newamerica.net/events/2012/the_accordion_family
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