EnglishShow more Special sense of the general English expression, which refers particularly to the generation of the 1914–18 period, and more generally to any generation thought to have ‘lost’ its values, etc.
The lost generation:A name given to the generation of black people who left school at the time of the Soweto uprising of 1976, and either went into exile or became involved in the country-wide turbulence of the 1980s.
1990Sunday Times 30 Sept. 23The ‘lost generations’ — those blacks who dropped out of school and society after 1976, many of whom are unemployed (and often unemployable) and who are largely beyond the reach of the main political organisations.
1990Weekend Post 27 Oct. 7Intensive literacy and training courses could form a bridge to help South Africa’s ‘lost generation’, trapped in a hopeless life of poverty and unemployment, to find jobs.
1991K. Owen inSunday Times 22 Sept. 29The townships are too turbulent, and the ‘lost generation’ is too wild.
1991A. Van WykBirth of New Afrikaner 102Thousands of black children — the so-called lost generation of youths who have been boycotting or burning their apartheid schools in protest against a government they despise — had nothing to live for but their hatred of all whites.
1992A. Sparks inGuardian Weekly 26 June 17Her explanation begins with the ‘lost generation’ of young blacks who abandoned school and got caught up in a lawless revolutionary culture during the unrest of the 1980s.
1992Pace Aug. (Queen) 3They call them the ‘lost generation’. Township youth whose apartheid heritage has left them without education, without jobs and, worst of all, without hope.
1993M. Mzonqwana inDemocracy in Action 31 Aug. 32Skollies or tsotsis take advantage of any situation...Such people eagerly embrace the terms ‘lost generation’ and ‘marginalized youth’. They think they are justifications for criminal acts.
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