Families And Lives In Time And Space / Edition 1

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Overview


One of the prevailing myths about the American family is that there once existed a harmonious family with three generations living together, and that this "ideal" family broke down under the impact of urbanization and industrialization. The essays in Families, History, and Social Change challenge this myth and provide dramatic revisions of simplistic notions about change in the American family. In these interdisciplinary essays that are deeply rooted in history, Hareven provides important perspectives on family relations in the present, dispels myths about family relations in the past, offers new directions in research and interpretation, and revises our understanding of social change. Hareven's essays, which are based on thirty years of research, combine empirical evidence with theoretical frameworks and discussions of the state of the art in this exciting field. The essays cover a wide spectrum of issues and topics such as the organization of the family and the household, the networks available to children as they were growing up, the role of the family in the process of industrialization, the division of labor in the family along gender lines, and the relations between the generations in the later years of life. Coincidentally, the essays revolve around three central themes: The family's interaction with the process of industrialization, the life course, and the development of the field of family history--and its future directions. They are both interdisciplinary and cross-cultural.Professor Hareven is a pioneer and leader in the development of the field of family history. Her work makes a major contribution to the theoretical and substantive aspects of scholarship on family life, past and present, and on social change. Her essays also provide a fine understanding of this field's development.
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Hareven (family studies and history, U. of Delaware) challenges the myth of the American family as once having existed as a harmonious unit with three generations living together, and as breaking down under the impact of urbanization and industrialization. Drawing on detailed research from a variety of sources (including extensive oral history interviews of ordinary people), she examines major changes in family life and covers issues such as the organization of the family and household, the networks available to children as they grow up, the role of the family in the process of industrialization, the division of labor along gender lines, and the relations between the generations in the later years of life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813390796
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 0.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Tamara K. Hareven is Unidel Professor of Family Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Hareven is the founder of the Journal of Family History, for which she served as editor for two decades. She is also the founder of The History of the Family: An International Quarterly, which she coedits with Dr. Andrejs Plakans. She is author of several books and numerous articles and has edited collections in the history of the family, work and family, the life course, and aging. Her best known book is Family Time and Industrial Time. Tamara K. Hareven is Unidel Professor of Family Studies at the University of Delaware. Dr. Hareven is the founder of the Journal of Family History, for which she served as editor for two decades. She is also the founder of The History of the Family: An International Quarterly, which she coedits with Dr. Andrejs Plakans. She is author of several books and numerous articles and has edited collections in the history of the family, work and family, the life course, and aging. Her best known book is Family Time and Industrial Time.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Family and Kinship: Continuity and Change
1 The History of the Family and the Complexity of Social Change 3
2 The Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Community 31
App.: The Data Base 71
3 A Complex Relationship: Family Strategies and the Processes of Economic and Social Change 77
Pt. 2 Studying Lives in Time and Place
4 Historical Changes in Children's Network in the Family and Community 105
5 Aging and Generational Relations: A Historical and Life-Course Perspective 127
6 Synchronizing Individual Time, Family Time, and Historical Time 151
7 The Generation in the Middle: Cohort Comparisons in Assistance to Aging Parents in an American Community 167
8 Rising Above Life's Disadvantage: From the Great Depression to War 191
9 Changing Images of Aging and the Social Construction of the Life Course 219
Pt. 3 Comparative Perspectives
10 Between Craft and Industry: The Subjective Reconstruction of the Life Course of Kyoto's Traditional Weavers 235
11 The Festival's Work as Leisure: The Traditional Craftsmen of the Gion Festival 261
12 Divorce, Chinese Style 285
Pt. 4 Broader Perspectives
13 Family Change and Historical Change: An Uneasy Relationship 301
14 What Difference Does It Make? 317
Notes 335
References 341
Credits 367
Index 369
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