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Broken Promises: How Americans Fail Their Children


reviewed by Stephen Antler 1983

coverTitle: Broken Promises: How Americans Fail Their Children
Author(s): W. Norton Grubb, Marvin Lazerson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0226310043, Pages: , Year:
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Public discussions of social policies for families and children in the press, the courts, and the legislatures rarely reflect the rich vein of historical experience that supports debate about contemporary family problems. Conscious of this inability to fathom the contradictory undercurrents of ideology and historical background that often underlie policy debates, historians, sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, and others concerned about families have recently sought to illuminate public discussion by unearthing historic patterns of response to basic family issues and applying critical analytic frameworks to them. Their hope, not often realized perhaps, is that public discussion, legislation, and judicial decisions will be enriched by the knowledge that current social policy dilemmas did not spring from whole cloth but are reflections of a continuing unresolved debate in American society. The terms of this debate hinge on contrary assertions of liberals and conservatives about the role and responsibility of the state in regard... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 2, 1983, p. 331-334
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 892, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 7:03:27 PM

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  • Stephen Antler
    Boston University
    STEPHEN ANTLER is associate professor at Boston University School of Social Work. He has authored numerous articles on child welfare and social policy and has been a consultant to government agencies on matters affecting families.
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