The Resource A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family values, John R. Gillis

A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family values, John R. Gillis

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A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family values
Title
A world of their own making
Title remainder
myth, ritual, and the quest for family values
Statement of responsibility
John R. Gillis
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Our whole society may be obsessed with "family values," but, as historian John Gillis points out in this entertaining and eye-opening narrative, most of our images of "home sweet home" are of very recent vintage. In fact, our most cherished family rituals (Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, white weddings, reunions, Father's Day, and Mother's Day) didn't even exist until the Victorian era. A World of Their Own Making questions our idealized notion of "The Family," a mind-set in which myth and symbol still hold sway. As the families we live with become more fragile, the symbolic families we live by become more powerful. Yet it is only by accepting the notion that our rituals, myths, and images must be open to perpetual revision that we can satisfy our human needs and changing circumstances. Our families are worlds of our own making. By using the past to throw light on the present, Gillis empowers us to enjoy and accept responsibility for our own creations
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gillis, John R
Index
index present
LC call number
GR465
LC item number
.G55 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Family festivals
  • Families
  • Families
  • Famille
  • Fêtes de famille
  • Famille
  • Famille
  • Families
  • Family festivals
  • Familie
  • Familienfest
  • Kultur
  • Europe
  • North America
Label
A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family values, John R. Gillis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Different Times, Different Places: Meanings of Family and Home Before the Modern Age. 1. Myths of Family Past. 2. At Home with Families of Strangers. 3. Life and Death in a Small Parenthesis -- pt. II. Enchanting Families: The Victorian Origins of Modern Family Cultures. 4. A World of Their Own Making. 5. Making Time(s) for Family. 6. No Place Like Home -- pt. III. Mythic Figures in the Suburban Landscape. 7. The Perfect Couple. 8. Mothers Giving Birth to Motherhood. 9. Bringing Up Fathers: Strangers in Our Midst. 10. Haunting the Dead -- pt. IV. New Times and New Places: Myths and Rituals for a Global Era. 11. Conclusion: Remaking Our Worlds
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 310 pages
Isbn
9780465054145
Lccn
96003843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34193238
  • (OCoLC)ocm34193238
Label
A world of their own making : myth, ritual, and the quest for family values, John R. Gillis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Different Times, Different Places: Meanings of Family and Home Before the Modern Age. 1. Myths of Family Past. 2. At Home with Families of Strangers. 3. Life and Death in a Small Parenthesis -- pt. II. Enchanting Families: The Victorian Origins of Modern Family Cultures. 4. A World of Their Own Making. 5. Making Time(s) for Family. 6. No Place Like Home -- pt. III. Mythic Figures in the Suburban Landscape. 7. The Perfect Couple. 8. Mothers Giving Birth to Motherhood. 9. Bringing Up Fathers: Strangers in Our Midst. 10. Haunting the Dead -- pt. IV. New Times and New Places: Myths and Rituals for a Global Era. 11. Conclusion: Remaking Our Worlds
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 310 pages
Isbn
9780465054145
Lccn
96003843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34193238
  • (OCoLC)ocm34193238

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