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Families, History And Social Change

Life Course And Cross-cultural Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Tamara K Hareven, Barbara Trepagnier


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One of the prevailing myths about the American family is that there once existed a harmonious family with three generations living together, and that this "ideal" family broke down under the impact of urbanization and industrialization. The essays in Families, History, and Social Change challenge this myth and provide dramatic revisions of simplist

Table of Contents

Part 1 Family and Kinship: Continuity and Change, 1 The History of the Family and the Complexity of Social Change, 2 The Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Community, 3 A Complex Relationship: Family Strategies and the Processes of Economic and Social Change, Part 2 Studying Lives in Time and Place, 4 Historical Changes in Children's Networks in the Family and Community, 5 Aging and Generational Relations: A Historical and Life-Course Perspective, 6 Synchronizing Individual Time, Family Time, and Historical Time, 7 The Generation in the Middle: Cohort Comparisons in Assistance to Aging Parents in an American Community, 8 Rising Above Life's Disadvantage: From the Great Depression to War, 9 Changing Images of Aging and the Social Construction of the Life Course, Part 3 Comparative Perspectives, 10 Between Craft and Industry: The Subjective Reconstruction of the Life Course of Kyoto's Traditional Weavers, 11 The Festival's Work as Leisure: The Traditional Craftsmen of the Gion Festival, 12 Divorce, Chinese Style, Part 4 Broader Perspectives. 13 Family Change and Historical Change: An Uneasy Relationship, 14 What Difference Does It Make?

About the Authors

Tamara K. Hareven is Unidel Professor of Family Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Hareven is the founder of the Journal of Family History, for which she served as editor for two decades. She is also the founder of TheHistory of the Family: An International Quarterly, which she coedits with Dr. Andrejs Plakans. She is author of several books and numerous articles and has edited collections in the history of the family, work and family, the life course, and aging. Her best known book is Family Time and Industrial Time.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General