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The Way We Really Are: Ending the War Over America's Changing Families

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Stephanie Coontz, the author of The Way We Never Were, now turns her attention to the mythology that surrounds todays family—the demonizing of “untraditional” family forms and marriage and parenting issues. She argues that while its not crazy to miss the more hopeful economic trends of the 1950s and 1960s, few would want to go back to the gender roles and race relations of those years. Mothers are going to remain in the workforce, family diversity is here to stay, and the nuclear family can no longer handle all the responsibilities of elder care and childrearing.Coontz gives a balanced account of how these changes affect families, both positively and negatively, but she rejects the notion that the new diversity is a sentence of doom. Every family has distinctive resources and special vulnerabilities, and there are ways to help each one build on its strengths and minimize its weaknesses.The book provides a meticulously researched, balanced account showing why a historically informed perspective on family life can be as much help to people in sorting through family issues as going into therapy—and much more help than listening to todays political debates.

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Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were, now turns her attention to the mythology that surrounds todays family—the demonizing of “untraditional” family forms and marriage and parenting issues. Mothers are going to remain in the workforce, family diversity is here to stay, and the nuclear family can no longer handle all the responsibilities of elder care and childrearing. Coontz gives a balanced account of how these changes affect families, both positively and negatively, but she rejects the notion that the new diversity is a sentence of doom.

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After exposing "the good old days" in THE WAY WE NEVER WERE, historian Stephanie Coontz now provides compelling evidence that the structure of the modern family, though much changed from the traditional model, is working better than ever. She argues that although many may miss the more hopeful economic trends of the 1950s and '60s, few would want to go back to the gender roles and race relations of those years.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-227) and index.

About the Author

Stephanie Coontz is a member of the faculty of Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she is a historian and an expert on American culture.

Table of Contents

  1. ch. 1.Getting past the sound bites: how history and sociology can help today's families
  2. ch. 2.What we really miss about the 1950s
  3. ch. 3.Why working mothers are here to stay
  4. ch. 4.Future of marriage
  5. ch. 5.Putting divorce in perspective
  6. ch. 6.How holding on to tradition sets families back
  7. ch. 7.Looking for someone to blame: families and economic change
  8. ch. 8.How ignoring historical and societal change puts kids at risk
  9. ch. 9.Working with what we've got: the strengths and vulnerabilities of today's families.

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I look forward to reading this author I have read reviews regarding her newest book and listened to NPR segment and she sounds wonderful
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465090921
Author:
Coontz, Stephanie
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Moral conditions
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
01-D
Publication Date:
19970131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 9.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were, now turns her attention to the mythology that surrounds todays family—the demonizing of “untraditional” family forms and marriage and parenting issues. Mothers are going to remain in the workforce, family diversity is here to stay, and the nuclear family can no longer handle all the responsibilities of elder care and childrearing. Coontz gives a balanced account of how these changes affect families, both positively and negatively, but she rejects the notion that the new diversity is a sentence of doom.
"Synopsis" by , After exposing "the good old days" in THE WAY WE NEVER WERE, historian Stephanie Coontz now provides compelling evidence that the structure of the modern family, though much changed from the traditional model, is working better than ever. She argues that although many may miss the more hopeful economic trends of the 1950s and '60s, few would want to go back to the gender roles and race relations of those years.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-227) and index.
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