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The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom (Hardback)
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The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom (Hardback)

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Hardback 211 Pages / Published: 30/11/2011
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Traces the movement from mutualism to individualism in the context of American family life. Families survived or even flourished during colonization, Revolution, slavery, immigration and economic upheaval. In the past century, prosperity created a culture devoted to pleasure and individual fulfilment.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230337442
Number of pages: 211
Weight: 471 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Historian del Mar is an innovative thinker and writer, and his book deserves to be read carefully by those who wonder how the US came to be the way it is today. An insightful book for those with interests in social, cultural, or family history. Highly recommended.' CHOICE

"The American Family: From Obligation to Freedom tackles the challenging project of addressing change and continuity among diverse families over four centuries while also offering a convincing interpretive argument. The book is both timely and well-written and reflects the author's wide reading in the history, sociology, and anthropology of family life. This is an impressive achievement." - Anya Jabour, professor of history, The University of Montana

'As a potential textbook for courses on the history of the American family, this book is superior to anything available. More than a textbook, it is a well-researched, tightly argued, and clearly and lively written interpretative history.' Gary S. Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History, Penn State University

'An ambitious and sweeping interpretation of family history across continents and centuries. Del Mar poses a simple question in the introduction: what is the relationship between the concepts of freedom and obligation. He finds in the answer the transformation of society in the modern era, and with it, the transformation of family life. This is an impressive and convincing book.' Elliott Gorn, professor of History and American Studies, Brown University

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