A History of the Family: Impact of Modernity v. 2

A History of the Family: Impact of Modernity v. 2

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The second volume of this major work examines the repercussions of various aspects of the modern age - religious, political, economic and social - upon the institution of the family, and compares the model of the western family with that of other cultures.It includes studies on the family in early modern Europe, colonial societies in the Andes and Meso-America, modern China, Japan, Africa and Arabia. The final section examines the position of the family in western industrialized societies, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, including studies on modern America, Scandinavia and France.Focusing on contemporary developments in the family, contributors examine, among other issues, the rise in the divorce rate, the decline in marriages, the increase in the number of one-parent families and single people in urban environments, the emergence of surrogate mothers and diverse techniques of artificial insemination: and it questions the survival of the family as a modern-day institution.show more

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  • Hardback | 450 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 962g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745606350
  • 9780745606354

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"Covering an impressively long time-span and geographical distance, from Egypt and the Pharaohs to contemporary Europe, and from ancient China to post-colonial Africa, it analyses the changing forms of kinship and family life." History Today "Remarkable for its time-span and geographical coverage ... contributors to these volumes provide succinct and skilful overviews and syntheses of family relationships in their chosen period, syntheses that expert as well as novice readers ... will find useful and stimulating ... These volumes provide a broad but informative overview of the rich diversity and constantly changing nature of family organization ... this history of family organization has a useful glossary and is illustrated by some delightful engravings, paintings and photographs of family life. The excellent translation provides a crisp and clear text." Times Higher Education Supplementshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Jack Goody. Part I: Europe and the First Modernity: 1. The One Hundred and One Families of Europe: Andre Burguiere and Francois Lebrun. 2. Priest, Prince and Family: AndrE BurguiEre and FranCois Lebrun. Part II: Other Worlds: 3. Children of the Apocalypse: the Family in Meso-America and the Andes: Carmen Bernand and Serge Gruzinski. 4. The Long March of the Chinese Family: Michel Cartier. 5. The Family: Instrument and Model of the Japanese Nation: Patrick Beillevaire. 6. India: the Family, the State, and Women: Roland Lardinois. 7. Africa: the Family at the Crossroads: Jean-Pierre Dozon. 8. The Arab World: the Family as Fortress: Philippe Fargues. Part III: The Western World: Industrialization and Urbanization: 9. The Industrial Revolution: from Proletariat to Bourgeoisie: Martine Segalen. 10. Love and Liberty: the Contemporary American Family: HervE Varenne. 11. Socialist Families: Basile Kerblay. 12. The Scandinavian Model: David Gaunt and Louise Nystrom. 13. Families in France: Martine Segalen and FranCoise Zonabend. 14. The Family: What Next?: Andre Burguiere, Christiane Kalapisch-Zuber, Martine Segalen and Francoise Zonabend. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.show more

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