Haven in a Heartless World: The Family Besieged

Haven in a Heartless World: The Family Besieged

by Christopher Lasch
     
 

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In the American political vocabulary, "family" and "family values" no longer simply evoke pictures of harmonious scenes; they also push our buttons (left and right) about what is wrong with society. One of the earliest and sharpest cultural commentators to investigate the twentieth-century American family, Christopher Lasch argues in this book that as social science …  See more details below

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In the American political vocabulary, "family" and "family values" no longer simply evoke pictures of harmonious scenes; they also push our buttons (left and right) about what is wrong with society. One of the earliest and sharpest cultural commentators to investigate the twentieth-century American family, Christopher Lasch argues in this book that as social science "experts" intrude more and more into our lives, the family's vital role as the moral and social cornerstone of society disintegrates - and, left unchecked, so does our political and personal freedom.

Haven in a Heartless World is a trenchant analysis of the plight of the family. Lasch takes a clear-eyed look at the institution in which America's future generations are being raised and finds it faltering.

Editorial Reviews

David Brion Davis - New York Review of Books
“There is no more brilliant exposure of the collective self-deceptions of a 'therapeutic' society in quest of psychic security. . . . [Lasch's] indispensable contribution is the argument that public concern for the plight of the family has commonly masked efforts to subject the family to new forms of outside influence.”
David Hackett Fischer - New Republic
“A brilliant little book. . . . As an analyst of social science literature on the family, Lasch is superb. On balance, his book is the best essay available today on the modern history of the family.”
Chronicle of Higher Education
“A fascinating, alarming, profound study. . . . [A book] to ponder for years to come.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465028849
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/1977
Pages:
400
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Christopher Lasch (1932–1994) was also the author of The True and Only Heaven, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, and other books.

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