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"This is a superb book, an absolutely indispensable book, which cuts through old debates about the family and helps put the whole subject on a new footing." -- Christopher Lasch, New York Review of Books
"The book is heavy going, but worth the effort... [It] illustrates an important problem of modern society: our crises themselves have become socially useful." -- Richard Sennett, New York Times Book Review
"Donzelot... [has] written a brilliant book on the intersection of society and family... [It] is an immensely rich book that needs to be studied carefully and read slowly. It is sure to place the social history of the past two centuries on an entirely new footing." -- Mark Poster, American Journal of Sociology
"A provocative and challenging work." -- America
A student and colleague of Michel Foucault shows how public intervention in family affairs since the eighteenth century effected radical changes in a traditionally private domain.