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Language: English
City: Vienna
Country: AUT

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The Way We Never Were (American Families and the Nostalgia Trap)

Coontz, Stephanie


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[ book tip by Michael Boyle ] 'No wonder that the pressure to abide by the hydra-headed, myth, as Ms. Coontz documents, drove so many women to therapy and substance abuse in the 1950s. Pick an era when you think a more decent American family was in ascendancy, and, Ms. Coontz, who teaches at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., offers dozens of facts in support of her contention that pain has always been a part of family life. The fabled colonial household was fragmented by early death, and children frequently heard explicit talk of sex. The idealized Victorian home hid a rate of marital dissolution, albeit without divorce, that would easily rival current divorce rates.'

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[ book info ] Coontz, Stephanie: The Way We Never Were (American Families and the Nostalgia Trap). BasicBooks, New York, 1992 . ISBN: 0-465-09097-4.

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Genre: essay
Keywords: probing
Style: complex
Recommended for: understanding
Languages (book tip): English

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