The term "de-generation" points at the beginning of a dramatic transformation in the relationship between the generations. On the basis of recent literature, the A. examines the demographic, social and economic changes which in the last decades have invested almost all areas of the social condition of young people: education, the family and the emotional sphere, the labor market, the prospects for social security, the distributive justice etc. In most part of developed societies, the condition of the young, compared to the remaining age classes, presents at least three invariant negative records: the lowest intensity of work, the highest risk of poverty and the greater material deprivation. With the recent economic crisis this process of "de-generation" has further deteriorated. The biggest part of the burden has been carried by the young. The rise in unemployment and poverty is likely to mortgaging heavely the living strandard of future generations, young and elderly alike.
Keywords: De-generation, intergenerational relations, distributive justice, demographic change, recession