Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America

Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America

by Peter N. Stearns, Simon Cottle, Ralph Negrine, Chris Newbold
     
 

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in American society and families. No longer necessary for labor, children became economic liabilities and twentieth-century parents exhibited a new level of anxiety concerning the welfare of their children and their own ability to parent effectively. What caused this shift in the

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The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a dramatic shift in the role of children in American society and families. No longer necessary for labor, children became economic liabilities and twentieth-century parents exhibited a new level of anxiety concerning the welfare of their children and their own ability to parent effectively. What caused this shift in the ways parenting and childhood were experienced and perceived? Why, at a time of relative ease and prosperity, do parents continue to grapple with uncertainty and with unreasonable expectations of both themselves and their children?

Peter N. Stearns explains this phenomenon by examining the new issues the twentieth century brought to bear on families. Surveying popular media, *#8220;expert” childrearing manuals, and newspapers and journals published throughout the century, Stearns shows how schooling, physical and emotional vulnerability, and the rise in influence of commercialism became primary concerns for parents. The result, Stearns shows, is that contemporary parents have come to believe that they are participating in a culture of neglect and diminishing standards. Anxious Parents: A Modern History of Childrearing in America shows the reasons for this belief through an historic examination of modern parenting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814798492
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History. His numerous books include World History in Documents; American Behavioral History; and Anxious Parents.

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Anxious Parents: A 20th-Century History
2 The Vulnerable Child
3 Discipline
4 All Are above Average: Children at School
5 Work and Chores: Do I Have To?
6 I’m Bored: The Two Faces of Entertainment
7 Conclusion: The Impact of Anxiety
Appendix
Notes
Index
About the Author

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