Family and Civilization

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Open Road Media, Apr 22, 2014 - Social Science - 425 pages
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Family and Civilization is the magnum opus of Carle Zimmerman, a distinguished sociologist who taught for many years at Harvard University. In this unjustly forgotten work Zimmerman demonstrates the close and causal connections between the rise and fall of different types of families and the rise and fall of civilizations, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, and the United States. Zimmerman traces the evolution of family structure from tribes and clans to extended and large nuclear families to the small nuclear families and broken families of today. And he shows the consequences of each structure for the bearing and rearing of children; for religion, law, and everyday life; and for the fate of civilization itself.
Originally published in 1947, this compelling analysis predicted many of today’s cultural and social controversies and trends, including youth violence and depression, abortion and homosexuality, the demographic collapse of Europe and of the West more generally, and the displacement of peoples. This new edition, part of ISI Books’ Background series, has been edited and abridged by cultural commentator James Kurth of Swarthmore College and includes essays on the text by Kurth, Allan Carlson, and Bryce Christensen.


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INTRODUCTION by Allan C Carlson
1 Introduction
2 Family Types and Civilization
3 Fluctuation of the Family Bond
4 From Late Roman to Trustee Familism
5 The Trustee Family of the Dark Ages 6 Rise of the Modern Domestic Family
7 The Rise of Modern Atomism from the Reformation to the Nineteenth Century
8 Philosophy and Familism in the Nineteenth Century
10 Disruption of Public Control of Familism
11 The Western Family and the Purposes of Family Sociology
12 The Dynamics of Familism
13 The Trustee Family SystemCausal Analysis
14 The Domestic Family SystemCausal Analysis
15 The Atomistic Family SystemCausal Analysis

9 The NineteenthCentury Atomistic Family

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Carle C. Zimmerman was an eminent professor of sociology at Harvard University and the founder of the subdiscipline of rural sociology. Among his many other books are The Changing Community and Marriage and the Family: A Text for Moderns.

James Kurth is the Claude C. Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, co-chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of America and the West, and editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs.


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