Changing Families According to "Stephanie Coontz's "The Way We Really Are"
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This paper reviews a book on the changing American family by Stephanie Coontz, entitled "The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families." According to the paper, Coontz examines the family structure from a historical and sociological perspective. The review gratefully notes that Coontz does not moralize in this book. Additionally, the paper shows how Coontz points out the historical and sociological flaws regarding the concept of the traditional American family, revealing some deceptions practiced by certain groups, especially conservatives, in touting moral platforms that capitalize on this mistaken image of the family. The review concludes by stating that despite a lot of data and historical discussion, this book remains incredibly light and easy to read.
From the Paper:"The fact that this book has remained so current signals that the confusion and stagnation that Coontz so accessibly describes is still just as present today as it was in the late 1990s, and that little progress has been made in redefining or even understanding the nature of the family in our post-industrial age. It could even be fair to posit that Coontz might think we have taken a step backwards on issues such as same-sex marriage and other familial limitations since this book was first published. One thing that Coontz very consciously does not do, however, is moralize; in fact, moralization is one of the things--perhaps the main thing--that she credits with the warped view of historical family life that many, particularly the political right, hold onto as a cherished dream for the future."
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Changing Families According to "Stephanie Coontz's "The Way We Really Are" (2010, October 22) Retrieved March 06, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/changing-families-according-to-stephanie-coontz-the-way-we-really-are-145008/
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