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Families, History, and Social Change: Life-Course and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Опубликовано на портале: 27-11-2006
Изд-во: Westview Press, 1999, 374 с.
One of the prevailing myths about the American family is that there once existed a harmonious family with three generations living together, and that this "ideal" family broke down under the impact of urbanization and industrialization. The essays in Families, History, and Social Change challenge this myth and provide dramatic revisions of simplistic notions about change in the American family. In these interdisciplinary essays that are deeply rooted in history, Hareven provides important perspectives on family relations in the present, dispels myths about family relations in the past, offers new directions in research and interpretation, and revises our understanding of social change. Hareven's essays, which are based on thirty years of research, combine empirical evidence with theoretical frameworks and discussions of the state of the art in this exciting field. The essays cover a wide spectrum of issues and topics such as the organization of the family and the household, the networks available to children as they were growing up, the role of the family in the process of industrialization, the division of labor in the family along gender lines, and the relations between the generations in the later years of life. Coincidentally, the essays revolve around three central themes: The family's interaction with the process of industrialization, the life course, and the development of the field of family history--and its future directions. They are both interdisciplinary and cross-cultural. Professor Hareven is a pioneer and leader in the development of the field of family history. Her work makes a major contribution to the theoretical and substantive aspects of scholarship on family life, past and present, and on social change. Her essays also provide a fine understanding of this field's development.

Part 1.
Family and Kinship: Continuity and Change

1. The History of the Family and the Complexity of Social Change
2. The Dynamics of Kin in an Industrial Community
3. A Complex Relationship: Family Strategies and the Processes of Economic and Social

Part 2.
Studying Lives in Time and Space

4. Historical Changes in Children`s Networks in the Family and Community
5. Aging and Generational Relations: A Historical and Life-Course Perspective
6. Synchronizing Individual Time, Family Time, and Historical Time
7. The Generation in the Middle: Cohort Comparisons in Assistance to Aging Parents in an American Community
8. A Rising Above Life`s Disadvantage: From the Great Depression to War
9. Changing Images of Aging and the Social Construction of the Life Course

Part 3.
Comparative Perspectives

10. Between Craft and Industry: The Subjective Reconstruction of the Life Course of Kyoto`s Traditional Weavers
11. The Festival Work as Leisure: The Traditional Craftsmen of the Gion Festival
12. Divorce: Chinese Style

Part 4.
Broader Perspectives

13. Family Changes and Historical Change: An Uneasy Relationship
14. What Difference Does It Make?