The Way We Never Were

The Way We Never Were

American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

Book - 1992
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The Way We Never Were examines two centuries of American family life and shatters a series of myths and half-truths that burden modern families. Placing current family dilemmas in the context of far-reaching economic, political, and demographic changes, Coontz sheds new light on such contemporary concerns as parenting, privacy, love, the division of labor along gender lines, the black family, feminism, and sexual practice.
Publisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, c1992
ISBN: 9780465090976
Characteristics: viii, 391 pages ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 13, 2017

At over 400 pages this is certainly not a quick read, but it is a fascinating one. The author explores our common (mis)conceptions about how life used to be in some mythical golden age (typically the 1950s), using statistics and data to show where we have changed, and even more interesting, where we have not, looking at various time periods in the past 200 years. Recommended.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top