War Over the Family

War Over the Family

by David Popenoe
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412808103

ISBN-13: 9781412808101

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

One of the most surprising and controversial social debates of the past two decades has been about the meaning and importance of marriage and the family in contemporary American life. Referred to by some as a culture "war over the family," the debate has pitted those concerned about the weakening of the traditional married-parent nuclear family,

Overview

One of the most surprising and controversial social debates of the past two decades has been about the meaning and importance of marriage and the family in contemporary American life. Referred to by some as a culture "war over the family," the debate has pitted those concerned about the weakening of the traditional married-parent nuclear family, especially in its impact on children, against those arguing that nothing has gone wrong with families—that they are merely "diversifying." David Popenoe has been one of the most influential figures in laying out for a wide audience the importance of "family decline," and what it means for our children, our society, and our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412808101
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
Family Decline
Family Decline in America     3
American Family Decline, 1960-1990: A Review and Appraisal     17
Marriage and the Family Today
The Family Condition of America: Cultural Change and Public Policy     45
Family Values: A Communitarian Position     71
The Evolution of Marriage and the Problem of Stepfamilies: A Biosocial Perspective     91
A World Without Fathers     117
Rebuilding the Nest
Fostering the New Familism: A Goal for America     135
The Roots of Declining Social Virtue: Family, Community, and the Need for a "Natural Communities Policy"     143
Modern Marriage: Revising the Cultural Script     169
Challenging the Culture of Fatherlessness     191
The Marriage Movement     199
Can the Nuclear Family be Revived?     207
A Marriage Research Agenda for the Twenty-First Century: Ten Critical Questions     213
Looking Back
Remembering My Father: An Intellectual Portrait of "The Man Who Saved Marriages"     227
The War Over the Family: America's Debate Over the Decline of the Two-Parent Family     245
Index     259

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