World Of Their Own Making / Edition 1

World Of Their Own Making / Edition 1

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by John R. Gillis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674961889

ISBN-13: 9780674961883

Pub. Date: 10/15/1997

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Our whole society may be obsessed with "family values," but as John Gillis points out in this entertaining and eye-opening book, most of our images of "home sweet home" are of very recent vintage. A World of Their Own Making examines our idealized notion of "The Family," a mind-set in which myth and symbol still hold sway.  See more details below

Overview

Our whole society may be obsessed with "family values," but as John Gillis points out in this entertaining and eye-opening book, most of our images of "home sweet home" are of very recent vintage. A World of Their Own Making examines our idealized notion of "The Family," a mind-set in which myth and symbol still hold sway.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674961883
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Different Times, Different Places: Meanings of Family and Home Before the Modern Age

Myths of Family Past

At Home with Families of Strangers

Life and Death in a Small Parenthesis

Enchanting Families: The Victorian Origins of Modern Family Cultures

A World of Their Own Making

Making Time(s) for Family

No Place Like Home

Mythic Figures in the Suburban Landscape

The Perfect Couple

Mothers Giving Birth to Motherhood

Bringing Up Fathers: Strangers in Our Midst

Haunting the Dead

New Times and New Places: Myths and Rituals for a Global Era

Conclusion: Remaking Our Worlds

Notes

Index

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Born out of the tragedy of his son's death, this historical tour-de-force distills decades of research on the family into one, completely readable and moving work. By examining the way that family structures have changed over time to fit present day needs, Gillis frees us from the shackles of conservative commentators who wish to give us a one-size-fits-all family which they claim is 'natural' and transhistorical. With careful scholarship and elegant writing, Gillis illustrates the ways in which things that we have come to think of as traditional are in fact or quite recent origin. By understanding this fact, we can see that rather than try to cram myriad families into one generic and ill-fitting mold, we would be better off accepting famillies as they are and working to understand how they serve (or don't serve) the needs of the people in them.