Inventing the Modern American Family: Family Values and Social Change in 20th Century United States

Family is the foundation of society, and debates on family norms have always touched the very heart of America. This volume investigates the negotiations and transformations of family values and gender norms in the twentieth century as they relate to the overarching processes of social change of that period. By combining long-term approaches with innovative analysis, Inventing the Modern American Family transcends not only the classical dichotomies between women's studies and masculinity studies, but also contributes substantially to the history of gender and culture in the United States.