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Family cycles : strength, decline and renewal in American domestic life, 1630-2000

Author: Allan C Carlson
Publisher: New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, [2016]
Series: Marriage and family studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Allan C. Carlson identifies and examines four distinct cycles of strength or weakness of American family systems. This distinctly American family model includes early and nearly universal marriage, high fertility, close attention to parental responsibilities, complementary gender roles, meaningful intergenerational bonds, and relative stability. Notably, such traits distinguish the 'strong' American family system  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Carlson, Allan C.
Family cycles.
New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, 2016
(DLC) 2016011562
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allan C Carlson
ISBN: 9781412863032 1412863031 9781412863322 1412863325
OCLC Number: 932172051
Description: xiv, 168 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The puritan family utopia, 1630-1680 --
The time of troubles, 1680-1730 --
Five systems --
: one pattern, 1730-1780 --
Post-revolutionary crisis, 1780-1830 --
Building "Victorian" families in America, 1830-1880 --
The unraveling, 1880-1930 --
The surprise! family renewal, 1930-1970 --
The whirlwind, 1970-2000 --
Lessons?
Series Title: Marriage and family studies series.
Responsibility: Allan C. Carlson.

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"Allan C. Carlson identifies and examines four distinct cycles of strength or weakness of American family systems. This distinctly American family model includes early and nearly universal marriage, high fertility, close attention to parental responsibilities, complementary gender roles, meaningful intergenerational bonds, and relative stability. Notably, such traits distinguish the 'strong' American family system from the 'weak' European model (evident since 1700), which involves late marriage, a high proportion of the adult population never married, significantly lower fertility, and more divorces. The author shows that these cycles of strength and weakness have occurred, until recently, in remarkably consistent fifty-year swings in the United States since colonial times. The book{u2019}s chapters are organized around these 50-year time frames. There have been four family cycles of strength and decline since 1630, each one lasting about one hundred years. The author argues that fluctuations within this cyclical model derive from intellectual, economic, cultural, and religious influences, which he explores in detail, and supports with considerable evidence."--Provided by publisher.

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-Recommended- --K. Celello, Choice -Allan Carlson is America's preeminent historian and defender of the family. This volume demonstrates that worry about the strength and durability of families is Read more...

 
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