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Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice about Children

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A provocative inquiry into America's preoccupation with raising children, and into the experts who aimed to make a science of the endeavor during the 20th century.

Blending biography and critical analysis, Ann Hulbert explores the personal dramas, the scientific claims, and the social visions that drove a succession of psychologists and pediatricians on an ambitious quest as popular advisers: to understand and control the development of children — and to solve the dilemmas of modem mothers and families in flux.

She shows how each wave of advice has featured an advocate of a parent-centered (strict) view and a champion of a child-centered (gentler) approach. They include turn-of-the-century pioneers Luther Emmett Holt, with his precise feeding regimens, and G. Stanley Hall, the "inventor" of adolescence. Between the wars, the behaviorist John Broadus Watson, critic of maternal love, and Arnold Gesell, who mapped the stages of children's growth. In the postwar period, Benjamin Spock straddled "hard" and "soft" philosophies, reigning supreme until he was challenged by the more authoritarian Bruno Bettelheim and a host of experts concerned with fine-tuning children's intellectual and moral development.

A brilliant account of how a century of advice failed to ease modern child-rearing anxieties but reflected the controversies and apprehensions of an unsettled era.

Synopsis:

Blending biography and critical analysis, Hulbert conducts a provocative inquiry into America's preoccupation with raising children, and into the experts who aimed to make a science of the endeavor during the 20th century. 11 illustrations.

About the Author

Ann Hulbert is the author of The Interior Castle: The Art and Life of Jean Stafford. Her articles and reviews have appeared in many places, including the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, and The New Republic, where she worked for many years as a senior editor. She graduated from Harvard and spent a year at Cambridge University. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375701221
Author:
Hulbert, Ann
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Subject:
History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
WITH 15 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.98x5.22x.97 in. .91 lbs.

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