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Celebrating the Family By Elizabeth H. Pleck

Celebrating the Family
by Elizabeth H. Pleck

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Pleck examines two centuries of family traditions and finds a complicated process of change in the way Americans celebrate holidays, as well as the rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death. This comparative history offers insight into the impact of ethnicity and consumer culture in shaping the most memorable moments of family life.
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Celebrating the Family: Ethnicity, Consumer Culture, and Family Rituals by Elizabeth H. Pleck

Nostalgia for the imagined warm family gatherings of yesteryear has colored our understanding of family celebrations. Elizabeth Pleck examines family traditions over two centuries and finds a complicated process of change in the way Americans have celebrated holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, and Passover as well as the life cycle rituals of birth, coming of age, marriage, and death. By the early nineteenth century carnivalesque celebrations outside the home were becoming sentimental occasions that used consumer culture and displays of status and wealth to celebrate the idea of home and family. The 1960s saw the full emergence of a postsentimental approach to holiday celebration, which takes place outside as often as inside the home, and recognizes changes in the family and women's roles, as well as the growth of ethnic group consciousness. This multicultural, comparative history of American family celebration, rich in detail and spiced with telling anecdotes and illustrations and a keen sense of irony, offers insight into the significance of ethnicity and consumer culture in shaping what people regard as the most memorable moments of family life.

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"A very enjoyable, provocative, and scholarly sound book. Celebrating the Family is significant, thorough, and eminently readable. Pleck is especially interested in the way that celebrations have been transformed from 'carnivalesque' qualities, involving various types of social inversion and disorder, into 'domestic' rituals that reinforce women's roles and child-centeredness. She treats each holiday and ritual with impressive sensitivity. She acknowledges the 'dark side, ' the social critiques of various celebrations and understands the effects holidays have had on those at the margin of the family--single people, gay people, and others not completely accepted into a family--and those who lacked resources to partake of socially constructed celebrations. Pleck's book will have a major impact. It represents social history at its best. It is thoroughly researched, ahead of more than reflective of recent scholarship, and clearly articulated.--Howard P. Chudacoff, Brown University

About Elizabeth H. Pleck


Elizabeth Pleck is Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the author of Domestic Tyranny: The Making of Social Policy against Family Violence from Colonial Times to the Present.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments 1. Festivals, Rites, and Presents 2. Family, Feast, and Football 3. Holiday Blues and Pfeffernusse 4. Easter Breads and Bunnies 5. Festival of Freedom 6. Eating and Explosives 7. Cakes and Candles 8. Rites of Passage 9. Please Omit Flowers 10. The Bride Once Wore Black 11. Rituals, Families, and Identities Notes Index

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GOR010097203
Celebrating the Family: Ethnicity, Consumer Culture, and Family Rituals by Elizabeth H. Pleck
Elizabeth H. Pleck
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Harvard University Press
2000-07-03
338
0674002792
9780674002791
N/A
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