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Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty

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Was there really a golden age of the family in the 1950s — or ever? This important book probes and challenges our assumptions about the past, present, and future of the family.

As Arlene Skolnick shows in her lucid synthesis of wide-ranging research that is at the core of Embattled Paradise, any sensible account of the family must be about much more than the family. For several decades, Skolnick has worked long and hard to create what amounts virtually to a canon for the sociology of families. — Contemporary Sociology

An enlightening and essentially optimistic look at American families and the seismic cultural shocks that have wrought profound changes in them during the past century.... Down with nostalgia, up with reality....It won't be, and never was, anything like 'Ozzie and Harriet.' — Kirkus Reviews

Skolnick's book is a useful antidote to the bleak rhetoric of loss and decline....Skolnick is able to put the current state of the family in its proper — that is, historical — perspective. Her book should help nudge the public debate away from debilitating crisis-mongering. — The Nation

Intelligent provocative....Her meticulously documented and accessible examination sheds more light on the American family than any other book in recent memory. — San Francisco Chronicle

Embattled Paradise is a stunning achievement, the most important and illuminating book about the family in years. — Lillian Rubin, author of Worlds of Pain

In this clear-sighted and wise book, Arlene Skolnick sets current tensions in American family life in rich social and historical perspective. Those who think about family life in the 1990s — whether as participants in their own familiesor as makers of public policy affecting families — will find Skolnick indispensable. — Linda K. Kerber, author of Women of the Republic

Synopsis:

Was there really a golden age of the family in the 1950s—or ever? This penetrating history of the American family mounts a withering criticism of the “culture of nostalgia” that clouds current debate and offers a plan for reconstituting the American family dream.

About the Author

Arlene Skolnick is a professor of human development at the University of California, Berkely, and author of The Intimate Environment.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465019243
Author:
Skolnick, Arlene S.
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19930231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 6.5 oz

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