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The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

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The Way We Never Were examines two centuries of American family life and shatters a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families. Placing current family dilemmas in the context of far-reaching economic, political, and demographic changes, Coontz sheds new light on such contemporary concerns as parenting, privacy, love, the division of labor along gender lines, the black family, feminism, and sexual practice.

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The Way We Never Were examines two centuries of American family life and shatters a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families. Placing current family dilemmas in the context of far-

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From "a man's home was his castle" to "traditional families never asked for a handout", this provocative book explodes cherished illusions about the last two centuries of American family life to expose the falseness, sentimentality, and self-righteousness of our accepted familial morays.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-379) 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.

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Alan Rudy, March 17, 2007 (view all comments by Alan Rudy)
This is an exceptional part sociological, part historical and part polemical dissection of the contemporary politics of the family, particularly that circling around the idealized model of the 1950s suburban white nuclear family.
The key point is that the family so often idealized is a product of highly particular social circumstances, in short the post-war/cold war boom, circumstances which had never existed for the majority of folks (anywhere) beforehand and no longer do since the rise of neoliberal forms of globalization and national de/re-regulation.
Furthermore, even in the 1950s, the '50s nuclear family was far less the norm than imagined (poor, rural, immigrant and old-money'd families have never lived this way) and generated far more social, psychological, sexual and gender contradictions (witness, the 1960s and 70s) than could be contained within the ideal.
Followed by The Way We Really Are (1997?) and Marriage, A History (2002?), Coontz's work is fabulous for undergraduate sociology, social work and general education courses -- as well as fascinating for non-students interested in questions of family and marriage.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465090976
Introduction:
Coontz, Stephanie
Author:
Coontz, Stephanie
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Marriage and family
Subject:
Nostalgia
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States Social conditions.
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1697
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 16 oz

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The Way We Never Were examines two centuries of American family life and shatters a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families. Placing current family dilemmas in the context of far-
"Synopsis" by , From "a man's home was his castle" to "traditional families never asked for a handout", this provocative book explodes cherished illusions about the last two centuries of American family life to expose the falseness, sentimentality, and self-righteousness of our accepted familial morays.
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