Beyond the Family : Social Organization of Human Reproduction
Challenging the conventional view that the "family" is a coherent institution, this work argues that sociologists and anthropologists should concentrate on the study of human reproduction. Robertson's view is that looking back on the pre-industrial world can help us understand people's dependence on such institutions as banks, schools, factories, clinics and others. It can also increase awareness of how human experience of industrialism has biased people's thinking about family life. The book pursues the idea that in order to understand and perhaps influence key issues of modern life - gender and generation gaps, economic and political implications of increased longevity - people need to readdress the role of the family, ignoring emotional prejudices, and assemble new interpretations of the social organization of reproduction.
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- Hardback | 200 pages
- 152 x 229mm | 494g
- 22 Aug 1991
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 12 figures, index
Table of contents
The social dynamics of reproduction; economic and political relations of reproduction; the economic organization of reproduction; the reproductive organization of the economy; generation, gender and social class; reproduction and the rise of industrial capitalism; wages, salaries and the political economy of reproduction; moral crises and utopian experiments; social and analytical constructions of reproduction.