Between Generations

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Overview

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.

Daniel Bertaux is director of research at the Centre d'Etudes des Mouvements Sociaux, ?cole des Hautes ?tudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. His books include Destins personnels et structure de classe, Biography and Society. La mobilit sociale, Les rcits de vie, and (with Paul Thompson) Pathways to Social Class. Paul Thompson is research professor in sociology at the University of Essex, and a fellow at the Institute of Community Studies in London. His books include The Voice of the Past, The Edwardians, and The Work of William Morris.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412804622
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the transaction edition
1 Introduction 1
2 Family myth, models, and denials in the shaping of individual life paths 13
3 The pull of family ties : intergenerational relationships and life paths 39
4 Religion, family, and industry in the transmission of values : the case of women textile workers in Antioquia, Colombia 51
5 Social change, family histories, and attitudes to money in a rural community in Epirus 69
6 Attitudes towards marriage and divorce among women in Modern China 81
7 A Hitler youth from a respectable family : the narrative composition and deconstruction of a life story 99
8 Transgenerational transmission in the families of Holocaust survivors in England 121
9 Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters : intergenerational transmission in displaced families in three Jewish communities 139
10 Memory of slavery in black families of Sao Paulo, Brazil 155
11 Spoken and unspoken words in the life of a Cypriot woman : a life story by her granddaughter 169
12 Kichuk Paris : a Bulgarian family story 181
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