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ERIC Number: ED417818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 256
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ISBN: ISBN-0-465-07787-0
The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families.
Coontz, Stephanie
U.S. families are undergoing disconcerting changes. This book offers an explanation of the causes and consequences of today's family trends. The book demonstrates why a historically informed perspective on changing family roles and arrangements can be helpful in sorting through many family dilemmas and the conflicting messages given by political debates. The chapters are: (1) "Getting Past the Sound Bites: How History and Sociology Can Help Today's Families"; (2) "What We Really Miss about the 1950s"; (3) "Why Working Mothers are Here To Stay"; (4) "The Future of Marriage"; (5) "Putting Divorce in Perspective"; (6) "How Holding on to Tradition Sets Families Back"; (7) "Looking for Someone To Blame: Families and Economic Change"; (8) "How Ignoring Historical and Societal Change Puts Kids at Risk"; and (9) "Working with What We've Got: The Strengths and Vulnerabilities of Today's Families." The book concludes by noting: that although we can draw some lessons from the past about how to strengthen families, there are certain realities we must accept; that every kind of family has strengths that can be fostered and vulnerabilities that can be avoided; and that no family can raise children successfully today without the expansion of economic, cultural, and social support systems that modern parents so desperately need. (HTH)
BasicBooks, Division of HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022 (U.S., $23; Canada, $32.50).
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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