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Reading History Sideways The Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life

ISBN-10: 022610446X

ISBN-13: 9780226104461

Edition: 2013

Authors: Arland Thornton

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European and American scholars from the eighteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries thought that all societies passed through the same developmental stages, from primitive to advanced. Implicit in this developmental paradigm—one that has affected generations of thought on societal development—was the assumption that one could "read history sideways." That is, one could see what the earlier stages of a modern Western society looked like by examining contemporaneous so-called primitive societies in other parts of the world.In Reading History Sideways, leading family scholar Arland Thornton demonstrates how this approach, though long since discredited, has permeated Western ideas and values about the family. Further, its domination of social science for centuries caused the misinterpretation of Western trends in family structure, marriage, fertility, and parent-child relations. Revisiting the "developmental fallacy," Thornton here traces its central role in changes in the Western world, from marriage to gender roles to adolescent sexuality. Through public policies, aid programs, and colonialism, it continues to reshape families in non-Western societies as well.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction and Approaches
Introduction and Overview
Models, Data, and Methods
Influence on Family Scholars
Views of Changes in Family Life from Reading History Sideways
The Fertility Decline in Northwest Europe
Changes in Family Life in the Northwest European Historical Record
The Scholarly Legacy
The Legacy of Data
Influence on Individual and Community Actors
Developmental Idealism
Freedom, Equality, and Consent in Northwest European Family Relationships
Fighting Barbarism in the United States
Government Pathways of Influence outside Northwest Europe
Social and Economic Pathways of Influence outside Northwest Europe
The Power of Developmental Thinking
Postscript: Dealing with the Language of the Developmental Paradigm
References
Index