The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom [NOOK Book]

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This book traces the movement from mutualism to individualism in the context of American family life. Throughout American history, families survived or even flourished during colonization, the Revolution, slavery, the industrial revolution, immigration, and economic upheaval because reliance on others was patently necessary. But in the past century, unprecedented prosperity both freed Americans from mutual dependence and created a culture devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and individual fulfilment. This shift ...
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The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom

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Overview

This book traces the movement from mutualism to individualism in the context of American family life. Throughout American history, families survived or even flourished during colonization, the Revolution, slavery, the industrial revolution, immigration, and economic upheaval because reliance on others was patently necessary. But in the past century, unprecedented prosperity both freed Americans from mutual dependence and created a culture devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and individual fulfilment. This shift from obligation to freedom has turned the maintenance of durable, rewarding families into a countercultural act, one that requires a conscious decision to qualify the American commitment to freedom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230359956
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 397 KB

Meet the Author

DAVID DEL MAR Assistant Professor at Portland State University, USA, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, USA. His previous books include What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (Harvard, 1996) and Beaten Down: A History of Interpersonal Violence in the West (University of Washington, 2001).
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Table of Contents

Societies of Obligation
The Search for Order in North America
Revolution and Continuity
Containing the Bourgeois Family
Necessity and Tradition
The First Modern Family
The Family in Crisis and After
Freedom's Florescence
Countercultures
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