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American Fatherhood: A History

Jürgen Martschukat


This book explains the unbending ideal of the nuclear family and how it has seeped so deeply into American society and consciousness without ever becoming the actual norm for most people in the nation. It presents the rich diversity of family lives in American history from the American Revolution to the twenty-first century and at the same time the persistence and normative power of the nuclear family model. American society—one of the major arguments—is “governed through the family,” and to govern, in this sense, is “to structure the possible field of action.” To make this broad examination o ... More

Keywords: family, fatherhood, race, class, gender, history, everyday life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479892273
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479892273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jürgen Martschukat, author
Erfurt University