Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials Audiobook, by Malcolm Harris Play Audiobook Sample

Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials Audiobook

Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials Audiobook, by Malcolm Harris Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Will Collyer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781478992332

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72:12 minutes

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03:41 minutes

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49:54 minutes

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A millennial’s groundbreaking investigation into why his generation is economically worse off than their parents, creating a radical and devastating portrait of what it means to be young in America

Millennials have been called lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and immature, but when you push aside the stereotypes, what actually unites this generation? The short answer: They’ve been had. Millennials are the hardest working and most educated generation in American history. They have poured unprecedented amounts of time and money into preparing themselves for the twenty-first-century workforce. Yet they are poorer, more medicated, and more precariously employed and have less of a social safety net than their parents or grandparents.

Kids These Days asks why and answers with a radical, brilliant, data-driven analysis of the economic and cultural forces that have shaped millennial lives. Examining broad trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Harris shows us a generation conditioned from birth to treat their lives and their efforts—their very selves and futures—as human capital to be invested. But what happens when children raised as investments grow up? Why are young people paying such a high price to train themselves for a system that exploits them? How can millennials change or transcend what’s been made of them?

Gripping, mercilessly argued, deeply informed, and moving fluidly between critical theory, political policy, and pop culture, Kids These Days will wake you up, make you angry, and change how you see your place in the world. This is essential reading, not only for millennials but also for anyone ready to take a hard look at how we got here and where we’re headed if we don’t change course fast.

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“Malcolm Harris’ thesis is the kind of brilliantly simple idea that instantly clarifies an entire area of culture: Millennials are the way they are—anxious, harried, and ‘narcissistically’ self-focused, though hardly lazy or entitled—because the neoliberal economy has made them so. When we raise children in a world that reduces people to ‘human capital’, then bids down the price of that resource, what else should we expect? Kids These Days is deft, witty, unillusioned, and brutally frank. Read it and weep.”

— William Deresiewicz, New York Times bestselling author 


  • “Harris dives deep into the ways that the millennial generation has been shaped by the capitalist economic forces at work now in America. . . It’s a must read for anyone who cares about the future of our society.”

    — Nylon
  • “Reveals the political, cultural, and economic climates that millennials need to navigate, along with the new issues, never seen in previous generations, millennials must address. Readers interested in sociology of class, economic history, and the millennial generation will find plenty of fascinating food for thought here.”

    — Booklist


  • Bustle Pick for best new nonfiction books of November 2017
  • Publishers Weekly Pick of most anticipated books of 2017
  • LitHub Pick of most anticipated books of Fall

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About Malcolm Harris

Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at the New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Bookforum, the Village Voice, n+1, and the New York Times Magazine.

About Will Collyer

Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.