Gen Z: The Superhero Generation

Rowman & Littlefield. May 2021. 208p. ISBN 9781538127988. $34. PSYCH
Luttrell and McGrath (The Millennial Mindset) have collaborated again in a scholarly, sound, highly readable study of Gen Z. The theme of superheroes is masterfully woven into their description of the perceived and potential qualities of Gen Z—a very relevant theme in this age of superhero movies. Luttrell and McGrath portray Gen Z as tech-savvy and tech-dependent, with “supernatural” abilities to stand up to “supervillains” who would tear down or destroy society. They are also described as strong, powerful, and ready, willing, and anxious to fight for just causes. Gen Z is juxtaposed with previous generations, dating back to the “traditionalists” of the ’50s and ’60s, creating a sound historical and cultural perspective. Additionally, Luttrell and McGrath offer guidelines and warnings for those who will parent, educate, or employ members of Gen Z, as well as specific advice for Zoomers themselves.
VERDICT This well-presented study is worth an examination in all educational settings; it belongs in all academic libraries and many school libraries.
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