Stock Image

The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families 1600-1900

Coontz, Stephanie

Published by Verso, London, 1988
ISBN 10: 0860911918 / ISBN 13: 9780860911913
Used / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 1
From Vintage Quaker Books (Bath, ME, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
Price: 45
Convert Currency
Shipping: 0
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details


Title: The Social Origins of Private Life: A ...

Publisher: Verso, London

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st

Description:

Fine in near fine jacket, in protective cover. Bookseller Inventory # 058108

About this title:

Book ratings provided by GoodReads:
3.32 avg rating
(19 ratings)

Synopsis: Current debates about the future of the family are often based on serious misconceptions about its past. Arguing that there is no biologically mandated or universally functional family form, Stephanie Coontz traces the complexity and variety of family arrangements in American history, from Native American kin groups to the emergence of the dominant middle-class family ideal in the 1890s.

Surveying and synthesizing a vast range of previous scholarship, as well as engaging more particular studies of family life from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, Coontz offers a highly original account of the shifting structure and function of American families. Her account challenges standard interpretations of the early hegemony of middle-class privacy and ?affective individualism,? pointing to the rich tradition of alternative family behaviors among various ethnic and socioeconomic groups in America, and arguing that even middle-class families went through several transformations in the course of the nineteenth centure.

The present dominant family form, grounded in close interpersonal relations and premised on domestic consumption of mass-produced household goods has arisen, Coontz argues, from a long and complex series of changing political and economic conjunctures, as well as from the destruction or incorporation of several alternative family systems. A clear conception of American capitalism?s combined and uneven development is therefore essential if we are to understand the history of the family as a key social and economic unit. Lucid and detailed, The Social Origins of Private Life is likely to become the standard history of its subject.

About the Author: Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at the Evergreen State College, Washington. She is the author (with Peta Henderson) of the highly praised Women?s Work, Men?s Property: the Origins of Gender and Class.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: Vintage Quaker Books
Address: Bath, ME, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 03 July 2013
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on
the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your
purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the
order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30
days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your
mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask
bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond
within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within one business day. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.


Store Description: Vintage Quaker Books specializes in books by, for, and about Quakers (Religious Society of Friends). Our collection also focuses on religion, Christianity, peace, and social justice. In-person visits to see the collection are welcome by appointment.