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Designing Families is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges facing the nuclear family as it enters the new millenium. John Scanzoni sets the issue of change in families in aN historical and cross-cultural perspective tracing the development of the family from the Agricultural Age to the Information Age.

An Unfinished Revolution: The 1940s Nonconnected Family Style
An unfinished revolution: The 1940s nonconnected family style

During the middle decades of the 1700s—just prior to America's war for independence—a growing number of social critics were complaining that the extended family style was “damaged.” 1 It was damaged in the sense described by the first principle discussed in Chapter 1: It was out of balance—obligations far outweighed freedoms. Subsequently, the 200-year history of the nuclear family style may be thought of as a revolution.2 It is a record of citizens trying to repair the damage by bringing family freedoms into greater symmetry with family responsibilities. In the 18th century, few Americans gave much thought to principles 2–6 as described in Chapter 1. Concerns for women's interests, personal ...

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