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All Our Children: The American Family under Pressure


reviewed by David C. Williams 1979

coverTitle: All Our Children: The American Family under Pressure
Author(s): Kenneth Keniston
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Roads to personal identity seem particularly well traveled lately. During the narcissistic seventies, they have become potholed and their scenery debased and commercialized. The behavioral merchants jamming the byways of character building, pounding the psychological pavement in heavy rigs laden with self-discovery gimmicks, do little to retard the erosion. In the transition from helping to "helping yourself to a piece of the pie," from saving for rainy days to demanding sunny ones, the child and the child's relationship to family have become innocent bystanders. The survival of the very meaning of family has been challenged. Yet the family persists, as the Carnegie Council has discovered. While not an endangered species, some say that this entity that defies the label of "institution" is making a miraculous recovery. It has weathered images of sexist patriarchy. Increasingly, the family's embodiment transcends and-Marxist impressions of labor and authority. It is much more than the locus... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 80 Number 4, 1979, p. 799-801
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1128, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 9:35:17 PM

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