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.

Empowering the Community: Making the Private Political

Empowering the community: Making the private political

Part II of this book is about inventing the future by completing the family revolution. Chapters 5 and 6 have shown that the revolution includes empowering women, men, and children. This chapter considers how community empowerment is also very much a part of the ongoing family revolution.

At first glance, one might say that the feminists of the 1960s and 1970s succeeded in their goal of “making the private political.” Formerly personal matters such as sex (heterosexual and homosexual), sexual harassment, adultery, marriage, divorce, cohabitation, children, abortion, and contraception are now on the front page of national politics.1 Perhaps the most vivid example is the recent saga featuring President Clinton. At issue was ...

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