The Natural Family Where It Belongs emphasizes the vital bond of the natural family to an agrarian-like household, where the "sexual" merges with the "economic" through marriage and child-rearing and where the family is defined by its material efforts. This agrarianism is alive and well in twenty-first century America and Europe. Allan C. Carlson argues that recreating a family-centered economy portends renewal of the true democracy dreamed of by Washington, Adams, and Jefferson.
Critically well received, this paperback edition makes The Natural Family Where It Belongs available to teachers and students of twentieth century American social history and the American family system. It will also be welcomed by practitioners involved with the "new agrarian" revival of the last twenty-five years. As Carlson demonstrates, agrarian households represent the touchstones of a sustainable human future.
Written by one of the most prestigious and respected scholars in the field, The Natural Family Where It Belongs will influence how today's family life is viewed in America and abroad. This volume is the latest in Transaction's Marriage and Family Studies series.
Table of Contents
Foreword: "Agrarian Fairy Tales"
The Natural Family at Home
1. Creative Destruction: Family Style
2. The Curious Case of Gender Equality
3. The "Good War": World War II and the Displacement of Community in America
Dissents (Poetic and Numeric)
4. Hilaire Belloc's Servile State
5. Bard of the Wapsipinicon: Jay G. Sigmund
6. Wilhelm Ropke's Conundrums over the Natural Family
7. Russell Kirk: Northern Agrarian
8. Family-Centered Neighborhoods
9. Patriarchs Triumphant?
10. The Curious Return of the Small Family Farm