American Families: A Research Guide and Historical Handbook

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Joseph M. Hawes, Elizabeth I. Nybakken
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Family & Relationships - 435 pages
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This work serves as an introductory reference guide to the growing body of literature on the history of the American family. Recognizing the family unit as the institution most central to any society, the volume covers a broad range of theoretical approaches which concentrate on relationships within the family and between the family and the wider community. Essays by specialists in the field of family studies profile the family both as a unit and as a group of individuals. Methods used to examine family dynamics are described, and trends, such as the increased individuation and changing economic priorities within the family, emerge from the data presented.

The contributors approach the subject from both historical and comparative perspectives. The family is first studied chronologically from colonial times to the present. Attention then turns to sociological and ethnic groups such as the immigrant working class and African American families. Introductory pieces synthesize the findings found in the essays and describe the resulting patterns. The reference work, presented in this format, makes a large body of scholarly literature on the family easily accessible to both specialists and nonspecialists in the field.

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Contents

Hawes and Elizabeth I Nybakken
3
Changing Approaches to the Study of Family Life
15
The Preindustrial Family 16001815
35
The New Model MiddleClass Family 18151930
83
Families Face the Great Depression 19301940
125
Families World War II and the Baby Boom
157
Postwar Families 1955Present
183
Women and Families
223
Karen Anderson
259
Native American Families
291
Immigrant WorkingClass Families
319
Selected Bibliography
347
Index
395
About the Contributors
433
Copyright

About the author (1991)

Hawes is professor of history, University of Memphis.

ELIZABETH I. NYBAKKEN is Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University.

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