The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia
Marilyn J. Coleman, Lawrence H. Ganong
SAGE Publications, Sep 2, 2014 - Social Science - 2144 pages
The American family has come a long way from the days of the idealized family portrayed in iconic television shows of the 1950s and 1960s. The four volumes of The Social History of the American Family explore the vital role of the family as the fundamental social unit across the span of American history. Experiences of family life shape so much of an individual’s development and identity, yet the patterns of family structure, family life, and family transition vary across time, space, and socioeconomic contexts. Both the definition of who or what counts as family and representations of the “ideal” family have changed over time to reflect changing mores, changing living standards and lifestyles, and increased levels of social heterogeneity.
Available in both digital and print formats, this carefully balanced academic work chronicles the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of American families from the colonial period to the present. Key themes include families and culture (including mass media), families and religion, families and the economy, families and social issues, families and social stratification and conflict, family structures (including marriage and divorce, gender roles, parenting and children, and mixed and non-modal family forms), and family law and policy.
The Social History of the American Family is an ideal reference for students and researchers who want to explore political and social debates about the importance of the family and its evolving constructions.
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Abortions occurring shortly after conceptionup tothe experience of quickening
were acceptedby doctors, thegeneral public,and somemajor religious
organizations. Quickening,though notmedically verifiable, was alsoaccepted by
the legaland ...
The firstarticles of legislation aimedat abortion came about during the1820s.
Technically, theydidnot addressthe practice ofabortion per se,but ratherthe use of
abortifacient substances. These earlylaws prohibiting the use of abortifacients ...
In additionto the ascendance of the medical establishment, shifting
demographics was anothercritical reason forthe advent of restrictive abortion
legislation. It appears thatthe largestgroup toseek abortions around thistimewas
An earlyeffort to legalize abortion in the United States developed during
the1930s. The effort, albeit small when compared to thatof Europe, provided
abasis forthe larger wave of resistance torestrictive abortion legislation
to educatethe public regarding theperceived dangers, both physical and
psychological, of abortion and the need for radical change in laws. TheNational
Rightto Life Committee, Americans United for Life,and Operation Rescue are just
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