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The way we never were : American families and the nostalgia trap
Coontz, Stephanie, author.
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Revised and updated edition, 2016 edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Book Group, [2016]

Physical Description:
xliv, 531 pages ; 21 cm
Acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz provides a myth-shattering examination of two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life.
General Note:
First published in 1992.
Introduction to the 2016 edition -- The way we wish we were: defining the family crisis -- 'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Ozzie and Harriet': American families in the 1950s -- 'My mother was a Saint': individualism, gender myths, and the problem of love -- We always stood on our own two feet: self-reliance and the American family -- Strong families, the foundation of a virtuous society: family values and civic responsibility -- A man's home is his castle: the family and outside intervention -- Bra-burners and family bashers: feminism, working women, consumerism, and the family -- 'First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Mary with a baby carriage': marriage, sex, and reproduction -- Toxic parents, supermoms, and absent fathers: putting parenting in perspective -- Pregnant girls, wilding boys, crack babies, and the underclass: the myth of black family collapse -- The crisis reconsidered -- Epilogue to the 2016 edition: for better AND worse: family trends in the twenty-first century -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
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