A world of their own making: myth, ritual, and the quest for family values

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Basic books, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 310 pages
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An account of America's most cherished family rituals cites the traditions associated with important events and holidays, noting the negative impact of commercialism and chronicling a shift from celebratory practices to high-cost social expectations.

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About the author (1996)

John Gillis is a social and cultural historian whose work spans German, British, and American history. He is author or editor of nine books, including "Youth and History," "For Better, For Worse: British Marriages, 1600 to the Present," "Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity," and "A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family"
"Values," He has taught at Stanford, Princeton, and Rutgers Universities and has been a fellow at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He is a mainlander by birth but for forty summers has been an islander by choice in the Gulf of Maine.