The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom

The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom

by David Peterson del Mar
     
 

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Traces the movement from mutualism to individualism in the context of American family life. Families survived or even flourished during colonization, Revolution, slavery,immigration and economic upheaval. In the past century, prosperity created a culture devotedto pleasure and individual fulfilment.

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Traces the movement from mutualism to individualism in the context of American family life. Families survived or even flourished during colonization, Revolution, slavery,immigration and economic upheaval. In the past century, prosperity created a culture devotedto pleasure and individual fulfilment.

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'Historian del Mar is an innovative thinker and writer, and his book deserves to be read carefully by those who wonder how the US came to be the way it is today. An insightful book for those with interests in social, cultural, or family history. Highly recommended.' CHOICE

"The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom tackles the challenging project of addressing change and continuity among diverse families over four centuries while also offering a convincing interpretive argument. The book is both timely and well-written and reflects the author's wide reading in the history, sociology, and anthropology of family life. This is an impressive achievement." - Anya Jabour, professor of history, The University of Montana

'As a potential textbook for courses on the history of the American family, this book is superior to anything available. More than a textbook, it is a well-researched, tightly argued, and clearly and lively written interpretative history.' Gary S. Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History, Penn State University

'An ambitious and sweeping interpretation of family history across continents and centuries. Del Mar poses a simple question in the introduction: what is the relationship between the concepts of freedom and obligation. He finds in the answer the transformation of society in the modern era, and with it, the transformation of family life. This is an impressive and convincing book.' Elliott Gorn, professor of History and American Studies, Brown University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230337442
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Edition description:
2011
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David Peterson del Mar is an assistant professor at Portland State University and an adjunct assistant professor at Oregon State University. His previous books include What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (1996) and Beaten Down: A History of Interpersonal Violence in the West (2001).

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