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“Self . . . has heroically researched the history of the culture wars from the early 1960s to the present. He offers a provocative analysis that accounts for today's alliance between small-government and social conservatives, on the one hand, and welfare-state and social liberals, on the other . . . All in the Family tells us a great deal about recent political history.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“[A] powerful, well-researched account of how the efforts of marginalized groups to assert their rights as citizens ran up against the resistance of entrenched privilege, setting the stage for the polarization that grips US politics today . . . [Self] reminds us that our democracy is an imperfect thing, only as noble as the people who constitute it.” ―The Boston Globe
“All in the Family is meticulous, convincing, and engaging . . . Self has written a book that should become the authoritative social history of the U.S. since the 1960s.” ―Library Journal
“Most of the stories we have told about American politics in recent decades have tended to divide the world between social issues and economic issues . . . In his new book, All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s, Robert O. Self . . . rewrites this story from its most basic assumptions . . . brilliant.” ―Mark Schmitt, The Washington Monthly
“Robert O. Self has done a remarkable thing: he has persuasively reinterpreted the rise of conservative politics in the last third of the twentieth century as rooted in the battle over gender and sexuality. In short, disputes over the 'state of the family' became as much about the nature of the state as about the morality of the family. Self makes many new and fascinating connections between the public and private spheres of American life.” ―Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
“In this breathtaking chronicle of American politics over the last half century, Robert O. Self points to sexual politics as the source of the shift from liberalism to conservatism. He takes a fresh look at the ‘rights revolution' to offer sweeping new interpretations of the rise of ‘family values,' the culture wars, and neoliberalism. Another tour de force from a brilliant historian.” ―Elaine Tyler May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era
“Complex, elegant, and persuasive, Robert O. Self's All in the Family is an extraordinary achievement. It's the best account yet of the challenge to the central icons of gender identity--breadwinner, soldier, heterosexual, wife, mother--and of the powerful countermovements that arose to defend them. Self's magnificent book offers a bold new interpretation of America's rightward tilt and the triumph of free-market capitalism.” ―Dorothy Sue Cobble, author of The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America
“Robert O. Self's All in the Family is a fresh and compelling synthesis of modern American political history, one that puts gender, sexuality, and race at the core of its analysis and overturns simplistic dichotomies between culture and economy. Indispensible for understanding our own times, it recounts the journey from equal rights to family values on a sweeping scale and in perceptive detail. A masterful account.” ―Margot Canaday, author of The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America
Outdated. Sociology from the past. Did not seem relevant today.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
excellent book on this subject; author performed journeyman work in both research and tying it all togetherPublished 12 months ago by John Andrechak
Helps understanding political messiness of current Supreme Court.Published 14 months ago by C. Jazz
This is the most comprehensive and scholarly work I have seen on the period of time represented . While this history is my history, it is impossible for me to have the extensive... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Daphne Faulkner