A World Of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, And The Quest For Family Values

A World Of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, And The Quest For Family Values

by John Gillis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465054145
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/28/1996
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.49(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.24(d)
Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)

About the Author

John R. Gillis is Professor of Rutgers University and the author of For Better, For Worse: British Marriages, 1600 to the Present.

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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"A tour-de-force of accessible scholarship, written with vigor and grace, filled with fascinating details and fresh insights. John Gillis challenges us to see families as institutions designed to meet human needs, not as unchanging symbols of moral certainty."

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