Between Generations

Between Generations

by Daniel Bertaux
     
 

Between Generations concerns powerful memories that continue to shape the present, but in this case in almost all families throughout the world. What is it that parents pass down to their children? How can we understand the mixture of conscious and unconscious models, myths, and material inheritance that are intertwined in both family and individual life

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Between Generations concerns powerful memories that continue to shape the present, but in this case in almost all families throughout the world. What is it that parents pass down to their children? How can we understand the mixture of conscious and unconscious models, myths, and material inheritance that are intertwined in both family and individual life stories? These questions turn out to be unexpectedly complicated, and answering them has suggested how a life-story approach can provide a new key to research on the dynamics of the family and on social change.

Because culture is the essence of what makes individual humans into a group, the core of human social identity, its continuity is vital. Cultures are always changing, but the stability of languages, religions, and cultural habits can be astonishing. In contrast to the claims of culture to represent tradition over centuries, stands the sheer brevity of individual human life. Hence, the universal necessity for transmission between generations exists.

This paperback edition in the Memory and Narrative series, brings together, contributions from the Americas and Asia as well as from Western and Eastern Europe. They combine the techniques of life story research with the insights of family therapy. Interdisciplinary and intellectually stimulating, the volume will appeal to students in many areas, including history, sociology, literature, psychology, and anthropology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412804622
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Thompson is a research professor in sociology at the University of Essex. His books include The Edwardians, The Voice of the Past, I Dont Feel Old, and The Myths We Live By. His is co-editor with Bertaux of Between Generations: Family Models, Myths and Memories. Daniel Bertaux is the director of research at the Centre d'étude des Mouvements Sociaux of the CNRS and EHESS in Paris. His many publications on social mobility and on life stories include Destins Personnels et Struture de Classe and Biography and Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the transaction edition
1Introduction1
2Family myth, models, and denials in the shaping of individual life paths13
3The pull of family ties : intergenerational relationships and life paths39
4Religion, family, and industry in the transmission of values : the case of women textile workers in Antioquia, Colombia51
5Social change, family histories, and attitudes to money in a rural community in Epirus69
6Attitudes towards marriage and divorce among women in Modern China81
7A Hitler youth from a respectable family : the narrative composition and deconstruction of a life story99
8Transgenerational transmission in the families of Holocaust survivors in England121
9Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters : intergenerational transmission in displaced families in three Jewish communities139
10Memory of slavery in black families of Sao Paulo, Brazil155
11Spoken and unspoken words in the life of a Cypriot woman : a life story by her granddaughter169
12Kichuk Paris : a Bulgarian family story181

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