Family Questions : Reflections on the American Social Crisis (Reprint)

Family Questions : Reflections on the American Social Crisis (Reprint)

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How is it that the United States, long considered one of the most family-centered countries, has experienced a social upheaval of the last 25 years, amounting to an unraveling of its basic social order? And why is it that ideologues of the 1960s and the early 1970s found such common cause in their opposition to the suburban American family?Drawing upon evidence from the fields of history, sociology, psychology, economics, and biology, Allan Carlson offers a number of provocative explanations. He denies that the family is merely changing, and shows how recent trends in marriage, divorce, illegitimacy, and fertility are interconnected, and so pervasive as to warrant the term "crisis." He explores the relationship of the family to the American economy, emphasizing the critical importance of strong families to effective functioning of the market system, as well as the pressures that capitalism brings upon family structure. He analyzes the particular importance of gender roles and the historic "family wage" system to social stability and economic progress, and he describes the consequences of their decay. Finally, he emphasizes the fundamental ethical conflict between the family and the state, and shows how governmental efforts to preserve the family have commonly had perverse results.In his search for solutions to the American crisis in the family, Carlson borrows from a number of traditions. From conservatism, he adopts an unswerving commitment to natural law, and to the father-mother-child unit that constitutes the human family form. From recent feminist scholarship, he applies insights concerning the central importance of gender roles in social and economic structure and change. And from socialist and Marxist critics of the family, he gleans and critically examines the evidence of capitalism's troubled alliance with the traditional family as well as the corrosive effects on the family of the partial American commitment to the welfare state.

Table of Contents

Foreword                                           ix
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction xv
PART I: The Gender Question 1 (48)
The Triumph of Social Parenting 3 (14)
The Working Family 17 (12)
The Androgyny Hoax 29 (20)
PART II: The Population Question 49 (30)
The Malthusian Budget Deficit 51 (12)
Depopulation Bomb 63 (16)
PART III: The Sexual Question 79 (28)
Pregnant Teenagers and Moral Civil War 81 (12)
The Sensual School 93 (14)
PART IV: The Economic Question 107 (48)
Work and Family in Collision 109 (18)
Working Mothers At Home 127 (12)
The Moral Politics of the Minimum Wage and 139 (16)
PART V: The Community Question 155 (42)
The Death of Peasant America 157 (14)
The Curious Triumph of the Suburbs 171 (12)
Shopping Mall Morality 183 (14)
PART VI: The Age Question 197 (30)
The Ageism Scam 199 (14)
The Dilemma of Social Security 213 (14)
PART VII: A Question of State? 227 (46)
From Patriarchal Family to Matriarchal State 229 (12)
Child Savers and the Therapeutic State 241 (16)
Youth Suicide and the Fate of a Nation 257 (16)
Conclusion: Family Policy for a Free People 273 (8)
Appendix 281 (6)
Index 287