Allan C. Carlson argues that agrarianism is alive and well in
twenty-first-century America. He emphasizes the evident bond
between the healthy, natural family and an agrarian-like household,
where the sexual and the economic merge through marriage and
child-bearing and where the family is defined in considerable
measure by its material efforts.
Carlson notes that natural households see parents as the
educators of their young; they celebrate homes engaged in the care
of young, aged, and infirm family members. Such a worldview points
to the recreation of a family-centered economy and portends a
renewal of the true democracy dreamed of by Washington, Adams, and
This book has four parts. In the first, "The Natural Family at
Home," Carlson provides an overview of this type of household as it
existed in the past. The second part examines twentieth-century
"displacements" from this normative order, examining the effects of
capitalism, gender ideology, and war. Representative "dissents"
from this transformation find expression in the third part. The
voices identified here vary in discipline: some write in the
language of literature and poetry; others use the constructs of
economics. In the fourth and final part, Carlson describes
"movements home" the rebirth of family-centered habitation; the
reassertion of a "gendered" order; and the remarkable return of
family-scale agriculture. Written by one of the most prestigious
and respected scholars in the area, The Natural Family Where It
Belongs will influence how today's family life is viewed in America
and abroad. This volume is the latest in Transaction's Marriage and
Family Studies series.
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