Brave New Families / Edition 1

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Judith Stacey has added a new preface to her classic study of how the traditional nuclear family has been supplanted by a variety of new relationships that are not defined by blood ties and traditional gender roles.

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Editorial Reviews

of Books Womens Review
"A model for the work of future sociologists of the family and those concerned with the relation between work and family."
Los Angeles Times
A courageous and optimistic exploration of the new frontiers of the American family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520214002
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Stacey is Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Patriarchy and the Socialist Revolution in China (California, 1983).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1998 Edition
1 The Making and Unmaking of Modern Families 3
2 Land of Dreams and Disasters: Postindustrial Living in the Silicon Valley 20
Bk. I Pamela's Kin: Feminism, Fundamentalism, and a Postmodern Extended Family
3 Pam's Revelation and Mine 41
4 Sprouting Some Odd Branches: A Divorce-Extended Family 61
5 Pamela's Children: Spirited Youth in Stressful Times 90
6 Global Ministries of Love and New Wave Evangelicalism 113
7 The Gray and Spotted Dogs 147
Bk. II The Lewisons: High-Tech Visions and Battered Dreams
8 The Last "Modern" Family in Town 177
9 To Feminism and Partway Back 204
10 If Wishes Were Fishes: Surviving Loss in a Matrifocal Family 230
11 The Postmodern Family, For Better and Worse 251
Epilogue: Taking Women at Their Word 272
Notes 279
Bibliography 305
Index 323
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