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Brave New Families: Stories of Domestic Upheaval in Late Twentieth Century America


reviewed by Arlene Kramer Richards - 1991

coverTitle: Brave New Families: Stories of Domestic Upheaval in Late Twentieth Century America
Author(s): Judith Stacy
Publisher: University of California Press, Los Angeles
ISBN: 0520214005, Pages: 328, Year: 1998
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This is a book about families like those of most children who go to school in the United States. Currently, the two-parent, first-marriage nuclear family is statistically aberrant; many children are being raised by single parents, usually mothers, and live in or near poverty. The book is about what happens to children in families in which the parents feel alone, vulnerable, undereducated, undervalued, unable to compete for jobs that could give them self-respect, and inadequate to nurture their children. Only two families are described, but each is studied in ethnographic detail. The particular families discussed here are white, Californian, and blue-collar. They are thus much better off than many families in which ethnicity, race, dislocation, and/or a history of failure complicate the attempts of family members to provide for themselves and their children. Of the two paradigmatic families, one had a history of divorce and remarriage. The parental couple in the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 2, 1991, p. 322-325
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 296, Date Accessed: 7/8/2020 1:16:12 AM

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