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American Behavioral History

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From his founding of The Journal of Social History to his groundbreaking work on the history of emotions, weight, and parenting, Peter N. Stearns has pushed the boundaries of social history to new levels, presenting new insights into how people have lived and thought through the ages. Having established the history of emotions as a major subfield of social history, Stearns and his collaborators are poised to do the same thing with the study of human behavior. This is their manifesto.
American Behavioral History deals with specific uses of historical data and analysis to illuminate American behavior patterns, ranging from car buying rituals to sexuality, and from funeral practices to contemporary grandparenting. The anthology illustrates the advantages and parameters of analyzing the ways in which people behave, and adds significantly to our social understanding while developing innovative methods for historical teaching and research.
At its core, the collection demonstrates how the study of the past can be directly used to understand current behaviors in the United States. Throughout, contributors discuss not only specific behavioral patterns but, importantly, how to consider and interpret them as vital historical sources.
Contributors include Gary Cross, Paula Fass, Linda Rosenzweig, Susan Matt, Steven M. Gelber, Peter N. Stearns, Suzanne Smith, Mark M. Smith, Kevin White.


1 Introduction
Peter N. Stearns
Part I: Family and Childhood
2 The Cute Child and Modern American Parenting
Gary Cross
3 Abduction Stories That Changed Our Lives: From Charley Ross to Modern Behavior
Paula S. Fass
4 "If They Have Any Orders, I Am Theirs to Command”: Indulgent Middle-Class Grandparents in American Society
Linda W. Rosenzweig
Part II: Emotions and Consumer Behavior
5 There's No Place Like Home: Homesickness and Homemaking in America
Susan J. Matt
6 Horseless Horses: Car Dealing and the Survival of Retail Bargaining
Steven M. Gelber
Part III: Death and Mourning
7 American Death
Peter N. Stearns
8 Laid Out in "Big Mama's Kitchen”: African Americans and the Personalized Theme Funeral
Suzanne Smith
Part IV: Perception of the Senses
9 Making Scents Make Sense: White Noses, Black Smells, and Desegregation
Mark M. Smith
Part V: Sexuality
10 Tainted Love: The Transformation of Oral-Genital Behavior in the United States,1970-2000
Kevin White
About the Contributors


Titel: American Behavioral History
Untertitel: An Introduction
EAN: 9781479885145
ISBN: 978-1-4798-8514-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Monthly Review Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 259
Veröffentlichung: 01.10.2005
Jahr: 2005
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.9 MB