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Coontz, Stephanie

Overview
Works: 42 works in 193 publications in 7 languages and 11,907 library holdings
Genres: History  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary television programs  Folklore  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: HQ535, 306.850973
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Most widely held works about Stephanie Coontz
 
Most widely held works by Stephanie Coontz
The way we never were : American families and the nostalgia trap by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

31 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in English and held by 2,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This myth-shattering examination of two centuries of American family life banishes the misconceptions about the past that cloud current debate about "family values." "Leave It to Beaver" was not a documentary, Stephanie Coontz points out; neither the 1950s nor any other moment from our past presents workable models of how to conduct our personal lives today. Without minimizing the serious new problems in American families, Coontz warns that a consoling nostalgia for a largely mythical past of "traditional values" is a trap that can only cripple our capacity to solve today's problems. From "a man's home was his castle" to "traditional families never asked for a handout," this provocative book explodes cherished illusions about the past. Organized around a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families, the book sheds new light on such contemporary concerns as parenting, privacy, love, the division of labor along gender lines, the black family, feminism, and sexual practice. Fascinating facts abound: In the nineteenth century, the age of sexual consent in some states was nine or ten, and alcoholism and drug abuse were more rampant than today ... Teenage childbearing peaked in the fabulous family-oriented 1950s ... Marriages in pioneer days lasted a shorter time than they do now. Placing current family dilemmas in the context of far-reaching economic, political, and demographic changes, The Way We Never Were shows that people have not suddenly and inexplicably "gone bad" and points to ways that we can help families do better. Seeing our own family pains as part of a larger social predicament means that we can stop the cycle of guilt or blame and face the real issues constructively, Coontz writes. The historical evidence reveals that families have always been in flux and often in crisis, and that families have been most successful wherever they have built meaningful networks beyond their own boundaries
Marriage, a history : from obedience to intimacy or how love conquered marriage by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

31 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the institution of marriage detailing how marriages have evolved from loveless unions to their current state, in an exposé that reveals the impacts of Victorian-inspired marital intimacy, divorce, and alternative lifestyles
The way we really are : coming to terms with America's changing families by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 1,728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family historian Stephanie Coontz offers a guide to the causes and consequences of today's family trends. Meticulously researched and carefully balanced, The Way We Really Are demonstrates why a historically informed perspective on changing family roles and arrangements can be as helpful in sorting through many family dilemmas as going into therapy - and much more helpful than listening to today's political debates. Coontz argues that although we can draw some lessons
A strange stirring : the Feminine mystique and American women at the dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenging both conservative and liberal myths about Betty Friedan's bestselling book, The Feminine Mystique, historian Stephanie Coontz re-examines the dawn of the 1960s (when the sexual revolution had barely begun) and brilliantly illuminates how a generation of women came to realize that their dissatisfaction with domestic life didn't reflect their personal weakness but rather a social and political injustice
American families : a multicultural reader by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the past forty years, American families have become more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. Different family forms and living arrangements have also multiplied, with single-parent families, cohabiting couples with children, divorced couples with children, stepfamilies, and newly-visible same-sex families. During the same period, socioeconomic inequality among families has risen to levels not seen since the 1920s. This second edition of American Families offers several benefits:clear conceptual focus new attention to the historical origi
The social origins of private life : a history of American families, 1600-1900 by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A highly original account of the evolution of the family unit 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. From the Trade Paperback edition
Women's work, men's property : the origins of gender and class by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

16 editions published between 1000 and 2016 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To some a book on the origins of sexual inequality is absurd. Male dominance seems to them a universal, if not inevitable, phenomenon that has been with us since the dawn of our species. The essays in this volume offer differing perspectives on the development of sex-role differentiation and sexual inequality, but share a belief that these phenomena did have social origins, origins that must be sought in sociohistorical events and processes." In this way Stephanie Coontz and Peta Henderson introduce a book which fills a yawning gap in Marxist and feminist theory of recent years. Women's Work, Men's Property brings together specialist historical and anthropological skills of a group of American and French feminists to examine the origins of the sexual division of labor, the nature of pre-state kinship societies, the position of women in slave-based societies, and the specific forms taken by the oppression of women in archaic Greece. Men's Work, Women's Property will be welcomed by teachers and students of women's studies and anyone with an interest in the biological, psychological and historical roots of sexual inequality
Life in capitalist America : private profit and social decay( Book )

6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

XY factor( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the role of the wife though history
Die Entstehung des Privaten : amerikanisches Familienleben vom 17. bis zum ausgehenden 19. Jahrhundert by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What socialists stand for by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marriage, a history : how love conquered marriage by Stephanie Coontz( )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just when the clamor over "traditional" marriage couldn't get any louder, along comes this groundbreaking book to ask, "What tradition?" In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes listeners from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is-and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the nineteenth century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship. This enlightening and hugely entertaining book brings intelligence, perspective, and wit to today's marital debate
Lavoro delle donne potere degli uomini : alle origini dell'oppressione femminile by Nicole Chevillard( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The way we really are : coming to terms with America's changing families by Stephanie Coontz( Recording )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Courting disaster? : changing values about love, sex, and marriage( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kazoku to yū shinwa : Amerikan famirī no yume to genjitsu by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time after time : recurring family myths, changing family realities( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephanie Coontz explores how the social geography has changed on the sites where most people have constructed family life over the past 100 years and examines alternative sites where people may be asked to move. Discusses ways to build this bridge for the 21st century family
Kazoku ni nani ga okiteirunoka( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hun yin jian shi : ai qing zen yang zheng fu le hun yin = Marriage, a history by Stephanie Coontz( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu bao kuo:chuan tong hun yin chu tan;Zheng zhi lian yin de shi dai;Ai qing ge ming;Qiu ai zai nan?Pu bian hun yin he zhong shen hun yin de wa jie si ge bu fen
Values and the traditional family( Visual )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Stephanie Coontz contends that the idealised, once-upon-a-time family never existed. She explains families are diverse and fragile today and always have been and suggests that understanding families in the past can help young families today make informed decisions about the present and future
 
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The way we never were : American families and the nostalgia trap
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Stephanie Coontz Historian, author

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Marriage, a history : from obedience to intimacy or how love conquered marriageThe way we really are : coming to terms with America's changing familiesA strange stirring : the Feminine mystique and American women at the dawn of the 1960sAmerican families : a multicultural readerThe social origins of private life : a history of American families, 1600-1900Women's work, men's property : the origins of gender and class