1st Edition

The Making Of An Idea, An Institution, And A Controversy In American Culture

ISBN 9780813315461
Published February 12, 1999 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

The research conducted by family historians over the past three decades challenges, modifies, and ultimately enriches sociological understandings about American family life today. By looking closely at the historical record, the author is able to debunk certain myths, such as the belief that the “ideal” family (male breadwinner and female domestic manager) has been historically prevalent; that the “traditional” family has been disintegrating in recent years; that the presumed breakdown of the family has left children more vulnerable than in the past.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Childhood -- Adolescent Sexuality -- Marriage -- Aging -- Conclusion

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