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Still Connected: Family and Friends in America Since 1970

Claude S. Fischer

Editore: Russell Sage Foundation, 2011
ISBN 10: 087154332X / ISBN 13: 9780871543325
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Titolo: Still Connected: Family and Friends in ...

Casa editrice: Russell Sage Foundation

Data di pubblicazione: 2011

Legatura: Soft cover

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Riassunto: National news reports periodically proclaim that American life is lonelier than ever, and new books on the subject with titles like Bowling Alone generate considerable anxiety about the declining quality of Americans' social ties. Still Connected challenges such concerns by asking a simple yet significant question: have Americans' bonds with family and friends changed since the 1970s, and, if so, how? Noted sociologist Claude Fischer examines long-term trends in family ties and friendships and paints an insightful and ultimately reassuring portrait of Americans' personal relationships.
Still Connected analyzes forty years of survey research to address whether and how Americans' personal ties have changed their involvement with relatives, the number of friends they have and their contacts with those friends, the amount of practical and emotional support they are able to count on, and how emotionally tied they feel to these relationships. The book shows that Americans today have fewer relatives than they did forty years ago, and formal gatherings have declined over the decades at least partially as a result of later marriages, more single-parent families, and more women in the work force. Yet neither the overall quantity of personal relationships nor, more importantly, the quality of those relationships has diminished. Americans' feelings of emotional connectedness to relatives and friends have changed relatively little since the 1970s. Fischer maintains that this constancy testifies to the value Americans place on family and friends and to their willingness to adapt to changing circumstances in ways that sustain their social connections. For example, children now often have schedules as busy as their parents. Yet today's parents spend more quality time with their children from play dates to soccer games than parents did forty years ago.
Americans are fascinated by the quality of their relationships with family and friends and whether these bonds fray or remain stable over time. With so many voices heralding the demise of personal relationships, it's no wonder that confusion on this topic abounds. An engrossing and accessible social history, Still Connected brings a much-needed note of clarity to the discussion. Americans' personal ties, this book assures us, remain strong.

L'autore: CLAUDE S. FISCHER is professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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