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The American Family

From Obligation to Freedom

Authors: del Mar, David Peterson

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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.

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DAVID DEL MAR Assistant Professor at Portland State University, USA, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, USA. His previous books include What Trouble I Have Seen: A History of Violence against Wives (Harvard, 1996) and Beaten Down: A History of Interpersonal Violence in the West (University of Washington, 2001).

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'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


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The American Family
Book Subtitle
From Obligation to Freedom
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33966-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230339668
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33744-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-33745-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 211
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