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Raising America : experts, parents, and a century of advice about children

Author: Ann Hulbert
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, millions of anxious parents have turned to child-rearing manuals for reassurance. Instead, however, they have often found yet more cause for worry. In this rich social history, Ann Hulbert analyzes one hundred years of shifting trends in advice and discovers an ongoing battle between two main approaches: a "child-centered" focus on warmly encouraging development versus a  Read more...
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Hulbert, Ann.
Raising America.
New York : Vintage Books, 2004, ©2003
(OCoLC)54978333
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Hulbert
ISBN: 9780307773395 0307773396
OCLC Number: 814057400
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: The Birth of a Science --
The Century of the Child --
Two Experts Grow Up --
Infant Regimens, Adolescent Passions --
Psychological Leaps --
The Era (and Errors) of the Parent --
The Misbehaviorist --
The Anatomist of Normalcy --
Identity Crisis --
The Awkward Age of the Expert --
The Therapist --
The Moralists --
Psychological Limits --
All in the Family --
Ministers, Mentors, and Managers --
What to Expect from the Experts.
Responsibility: Ann Hulbert.
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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, millions of anxious parents have turned to child-rearing manuals for reassurance. Instead, however, they have often found yet more cause for worry. In this rich social history, Ann Hulbert analyzes one hundred years of shifting trends in advice and discovers an ongoing battle between two main approaches: a "child-centered" focus on warmly encouraging development versus a sterner "parent-centered" emphasis on instilling discipline. She examines how pediatrics, psychology, and neuroscience have fueled the debates but failed to offer definitive answers. And she delves into the highly relevant and often turbulent personal lives of the popular advice-givers, from L. Emmett Holt and Arnold Gesell to Bruno Bettelheim and Benjamin Spock to the prominent (and ever conflicting) experts of today. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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