Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 26 jan. 2011 - 464 pagina's
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, millions of anxious parents have turned to child-rearing manuals for reassurance. Instead, however, they have often found yet more cause for worry. In this rich social history, Ann Hulbert analyzes one hundred years of shifting trends in advice and discovers an ongoing battle between two main approaches: a “child-centered” focus on warmly encouraging development versus a sterner “parent-centered” emphasis on instilling discipline. She examines how pediatrics, psychology, and neuroscience have fueled the debates but failed to offer definitive answers. And she delves into the highly relevant and often turbulent personal lives of the popular advice-givers, from L. Emmett Holt and Arnold Gesell to Bruno Bettelheim and Benjamin Spock to the prominent (and ever conflicting) experts of today.

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RAISING AMERICA: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children

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An unfailingly interesting study of a peculiarly American fixation: how to raise a child.All societies nurture their children, of course, and just about everyone worries about whether their offspring ... Volledige review lezen

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Journalist and biographer Hulbert (The Interior Castle: The Art and Life of Jean Stafford) draws on historical research to trace child-rearing advice from 1900 to the present. In lively and accessible ... Volledige review lezen

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The Century of the Child
Two Experts Grow Up
room The lira and Errors of the Parent 1 v
The Awkward Age of the Expert
The Therapist
The Moralists 156
All in the Family 193
Ministers Mentors and Managers
W hat to Expect from the Experts

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Over de auteur (2011)

Ann Hulbert is the author of The Interior Castle: The Art and Life of Jean Stafford. Her articles and reviews have appeared in many places, including the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, and The New Republic, where she worked for many years as a senior editor. She graduated from Harvard and spent a year at Cambridge University. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.

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