The way we never were : American families and the nostalgia trap / Stephanie Coontz.
By: Coontz, Stephanie.Material type: TextPublisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, 2000, c1992Edition: Pbk. ed with new introduction.Description: viii, 391 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0465090974 (pbk.); 9780465090976 (pbk.).Subject(s): Families -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Social conditions | NostalgiaAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Way we never were.DDC classification: 306.85 Other classification: HD 375
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -379) and index.
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 : the family 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.
Looks at two centuries of American family life and shatters myths and misconceptions about the past.