In the Name of the Family: Rethinking Family Values in the Postmodern Age / Edition 1

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Prominent cultural critic Judith Stacey offers a ringing rebuttal to the rhetoric of "family values" with this powerful argument for accepting family diversity-including a strong new case for legal same-sex marriage.

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[Stacey] argues forcefully against what she regards as the punitive and mean-spirited solutions offered by conservatives, such as efforts to get men back into the home by restoring their dominance there. . . . Members of the impoverished underclass, denied opportunities for work and training, and now being denied even the basic humane supports of life, aren't ever going to be able to live like Ozzie and Harriet; to tell them they should is not only delusional but cruel. —Carol Tavris, The New York Times Book Review

"In the face of political retrenchment, Stacey-eloquent, moral, angry and smart-is always worth listening to. . . . [This book] offers us a first step toward imagining a world in which all families have a chance to love, and live, well." —Virginia Scharff, The Women's Review of Books

"Stacey makes her own case for a more realistic, more generous understanding of 'family.' Her arguments . . . show that islands of independent thinking have not been entirely submerged by the family values tsunami."
—Amanda Heller, The Boston Globe

"Exposes the orchestrated right-wing campaign to convince President Clinton, the media, and many Americans that two-parent families are superior to other family structures." —Hip Mama

Kirkus Reviews
A defense of the blended, extended, and amended families that have replaced Ozzie and Harriet and the Cleavers as typically American.

Stacey (Sociology and Women's Studies/Univ. of Calif., Davis; Brave New Families, 1990) joins the "family values" fray on the side of Americans who have no leisure to debate the virtues of how a two-parents/mom-at-home family benefits children. They are too busy scrambling to earn a living; even if there is an involved father, mom can't afford to stay home anymore. In a relatively short text (there are more than 40 pages of notes and bibliography), Stacey argues that poverty and unemployment, among other social and economic forces, have driven the reshaping of the American family and that critics, whether on the right or the left, have two choices: They can accept and work with the array of families as they actually exist, or they can continue to deny conditions as they are. Moreover, she finds that reorganized families cut across economic and class lines; they are not limited to either the poor or the upper middle class. Both liberals and conservatives target the fatherless household as a prime disrupter of "family values," but Stacey sees the campaign to restore the father to his supposedly rightful place as thinly disguised form of anti-feminism, racism, and homophobia. One chapter is devoted to how groups of social scientists have supported this intensely conservative viewpoint despite research to the contrary. A final chapter defends homosexual marriages and parenting practices, offering this group's flexible family arrangements as an example of new family values in microcosm.

Addressed more to the author's sociologist and feminist colleagues than to the general reader. Nevertheless, some telling points are made on behalf of diverse modern families and against the organized "family values" campaign.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807004333
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Stacey is the Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Brave New Families and Patriarchy and Socialist Revolution in China.

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