Belonging in America: Reading Between the Lines

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Sep 30, 1990 - Social Science - 285 pages
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The author asks why American culture draws the lines it does - between home and work, family and friends, or humans and animals. Throughout the book she attempts to point out the systems of meaning through which contemporary Americans create social order and define their relationships.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Keeping the Lines Straight
17
Profaning the Family
37
Penalizing Newcomers
51
Tattling on Neighbors
67
Bearing False Witness
81
Renting the Dream
97
Ungluing the Neighborhood
112
Imperfect People
143
Locking Out Children
160
The Constitution of Men and Women
175
Mothering Fathering and Dirty Work
188
Maintaining Selfesteem
203
Reprise
217
Bringing in Biology
231
Index
275

Separating from Symbiosis
126

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About the author (1990)

Constance Perin has been a fellow at the Adlai Stevenson Institute of International Affairs. She was managing editor of the "Journal of the American Institute of Planners" for five years and has worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Metropolitan Development.

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