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Family and Civilization 2nd ed. Edition
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Zimmerman describes a universal progression of family organization from the "trustee family" through the "domestic family" and finally the "atomistic" family" in three separate eras: classical Greece, Rome, and contemporary Western civilization.
In the broadest terms, in a "trustee family" the current generation is seen as only a trustee for an entity that exists for all time. The trustee family fills the roles that will be taken over by the church and state at higher levels of civilization. Specifically, the trustee family administers its own justice, fights its own wars, and keeps family members in line. Trustee families existed until recently in the feuding Kentucky hills, and they are our plague as America fights in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The "domestic family" is the bedrock of traditional civilization, a mother, father, and children who view themselves as integral parts of a civilization: church, state, civil society, and a family structure. The key feature of a domestic family is a commitment to bearing and raising children. The motive may be somewhat economic -- children are certainly useful in an agricultural setting -- but it is equally religious. The parents of a domestic family feel an obligation, usually religious, to bear and her children, and the society reinforces the message that children should obey their parents. The church's call is to "proles, fides, sacramentum" or children, fidelity, and the sacred.Read more ›
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I must have hidden it because I do not recall ordering it.Published 18 months ago by Alceon B. Jones
I thought this would be a worldwide study of civilizations, but 95% of it is a look at the family in European history (and that of Europe's colony, the United States of America,... Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by Joan Howe
Interesting read. Its worth it. It can feel lengthy at times but overall its informative and interesting. The more you read it the more rewarding it becomes.Published on March 31, 2013 by benjamin hessian