- Series: Gender and American Culture
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; New edition edition (June 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807856053
- ISBN-13: 978-0807856055
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,260,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Relative Intimacy: Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Postwar American Culture (Gender and American Culture) New edition Edition
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A sophisticated analysis. . . . A lucid, tightly research account of the Foucauldian development of female social sexuality in this decade.--Material Culture
Devlin's work is quite fascinating and very readable.--Left History
Thoroughly researched, convincingly argued and well written, Devlin's book is a welcome addition to scholarship on adolescence and on female experience in particular.--Journal of American Studies
A fine book that raises interesting questions and would be an appropriate text for a family or gender course or a seminar on psychoanalaysis and the postwar era.--Journal of the History of Sexuality
A thoughtful and well-researched examination of the cultural construction of the father-daughter relationship in postwar culture. . . . [Devlin's] argument is original, and the book contributes to a complex and sophisticated portrait of the 1950s.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
In this highly imaginative reading of a wholly neglected feature of family life, Devlin provides a fresh vantage point for understanding teen culture, the sexualized nature of the 1950's family, and the limited, and even troubling, style of fathers' involvement in that decade.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Devlin argues that during the postwar era, an increasingly powerful psychoanalytic paradigm centered on Oedipal relations between fathers and daughters shaped adult responses to a whole range of female adolescent behaviors and experiences. This is an impressive work. The analysis is sophisticated, the questions well framed.--Beth Bailey, Temple University, author of Sex in the Heartland: Politics, Culture, and the Sexual Revolution
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