The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap “Leave It to Beaver” was not a documentary, Stephanie Coontz points out; neither the. By Stephanie Coontz In , I published The Way We Never Were: American Families And The Nostalgia Trap, a search for the supposed. The Way We Never Were has ratings and reviews. Wealhtheow said: Coontz presents the historical facts of American family life and political and.
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I often scoff at people who want to “make a difference” beyond the world they can see and touch, even as I harbor small illusions of somehow being able to do so. And while I’d love to report that we’ve blazed a new trail in the two decades since this book’s original publication, all I can do is marvel at Coontz’s remarkable assessment of American problems and lament our continuing inability to address the core issues that are bringing this country to its knees.
To her credit, Coontz’s personal agenda doesn’t appear to extend beyond the general goal of improving life for all Americans; she successfully eschews sectarianism, and instead focuses on laying bare wree true enemy: No trivia or quizzes yet. Worth a read if the subject dere interests you but be advised that it’s a commitment, and should be read critically.
The book began in response to the urgent questions about the family crisis posed her by nonacademic audiences. But who really has a traditional family?
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The most important of these is the hollowing out of the American middle class and the ever-widening gap between normal citizens and the ultra-wealthy, especially when it comes to quality of life and political influence. Their buying power was further enhanced by our extrodinary competitive advantage at the end of the This is an interesting book even though it’s quite old now, Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and wers customers.
Meeting this Sunday 3 3 Oct 13, I really wanted to love this book. Teenage pregnancy a modern problem, driven by easy access to birth control and the liberal media? Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.
Nver pages are difficult to read even if the subject matter is not tough to process.
And I was ee in what most people would find a freakishly conservative family. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This was not just Leave It To Beaver. Coontz presents the historical facts of American family life and political and economic movements in hopes of demonstrating that the families of the past were not so idyllic and the families of the Of course, wxy is rooted in fact, and certain phenomena of the s generated the Ozzie and Harriet icon.
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A History of American Childhood. The Way We Never Were examines two centuries of American family life and shatters a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families.
All Fox television commentators and Tea Party leaders should be forced to read and review the necer. Oh, we families had a jolly time in the ’50s, living and breathing, family values, whatever those are.
This is another of the sociology books that has caused me to be pretty skeptical of most blanket statements we hear about how things are.
Books by Stephanie Coontz. My relatives at the time reflected back the Cleavers’ nuclear family image while wat fact there was alcoholism, previous marriages, abortion, and teen pregnancy. May 10, K rated it really liked it Shelves: I was disappointed because I expected a lot of new content; however, from what I can tell, only a revised intro and conclusion have been added, which means most or all of the essay-content contains references that are somewhat outdated for readers under the age of From “a man’s home was his castle” to “traditional families never asked for a handout,” this provocative book explodes cherished illusions about the past.
I have struggled to get through this book which, as I have said, is a must read because as I read I was never sure I wasn’t rereading what I read the day before.
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The Way We Never Were: American Families & the Nostalgia Trap
Coontz presents the historical facts of American family life and political and economic movements in hopes of demonstrating coonta the families of the past were not so idyllic and the families of the present are not so dysfunctional as they are often portrayed. The books reads like a humanities PhD thesis; it’s dry and dense with rich footnotes, and it’s organized in a bizarrely academic order.
As such it would garner 5 stars were it not for a major flaw: Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Stephanie Coontz is here to disabuse you of that notion. Account Options Sign in. American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. Ours is a unique nation, borne of remarkable minds at a remarkable time in history, bringing admirable coomtz into reality.
The Way We Never Were: American Families & the Nostalgia Trap by Stephanie Coontz
Best and worst of all, it provides frighteningly prescient insights about the risks we face if we sustain certain courses of action inimical to the health of our democracy.
Not that there’s anything wrong with a book that can inform AND entertain, I’m just saying this isn’t one of them. American families and the nostalgia trap Stephanie Coontz Snippet view – Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Time will tell whether this desire will transcend beyond mere velleity, but for now it has gained a greater degree of influence in my committee of self.