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Chapter 2: The Experience of Family Time in Historical Perspective
History is itself a temporal concept. Although there are many scholarly debates about what history is, three models will be discussed here in relation to family time. These include traditional or grand narrative approaches to history; dynamic models that are concerned with the active intertwining of individuals and families with their historical milieu; and postmodern ideas that are critical of metanarratives and instead focus on globalization, diversity, and the pace of change.
Our traditional beliefs about the nature of history are perhaps best represented by the “march of time” metaphor. The history of the world can be conceptualized as a series of dated, critical events that have ...