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Marriage and Family Therapy - A Sociocognitive Approach (Hardcover): Terry S. Trepper, Nathan Hurvitz, Faye Hurvitz, Roger A.... Marriage and Family Therapy - A Sociocognitive Approach (Hardcover)
Terry S. Trepper, Nathan Hurvitz, Faye Hurvitz, Roger A. Straus; Foreword by Herbert Blumer; Preface by …
R1,202 Discovery Miles 12 020 Within 7 - 12 working days

Marriage and Family Therapy: A Sociocognitive Approach is a comprehensive and clearly written introduction to sociocognitive therapy. It is rich with transcripts and case examples, culled from the authors'more than thirty-five years of practice, providing you with valuable background information on helping difficult-to-reach and hard-to-help populations. In practical language, this volume takes you step-by-step through methods of assessment and change that are useful in traditional and nontraditional families and couples. With clear language and taxonomy for family troubles and their resolution, Marriage and Family Therapy provides conceptual handles to guide you in learning intervention strategies, enabling you to work effectively with, most notably, lower working-class and poor inner-city, African-American families. A highlight of the book is the detailed look at terminal and instrumental interaction hypotheses and how they can be applied in actual therapy situations. With Marriage and Family Therapy as a guide, you will develop multiple skills and methods that equip you to better handle the challenging task of helping troubled families and couples.The first two chapters present the theoretical framework of the sociocognitive approach. In the third chapter, the assessment and change concepts central to Dr. Hurvitz's approach are introduced. The last four chapters show how these humanist principles are applied through the phases of opening, change-producing, and termination in therapy, creating an invaluable book for marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, and educators.

Parent-child Relations Throughout Life (Hardcover): Karl Pillemer, Kathleen McCartney Parent-child Relations Throughout Life (Hardcover)
Karl Pillemer, Kathleen McCartney
R1,924 Discovery Miles 19 240 Within 7 - 12 working days

The study of parent-child relationships has long been of interest to behavioral scientists, both for its theoretical importance and for its practice and policy implications. There are, however, certain limitations to the knowledge in this area. First, research on parents and children is spread throughout a number of disciplines and as a consequence is not well integrated. Further, there has been little dialogue among researchers concerned with parents of young children and those interested in middle-aged and elderly parents and their offspring. The present volume predicates the notion that there is considerable similarity in the issues explored by researchers on different points of the life course. Contributions by leading scholars in psychology, sociology, and anthropology are organized into four sections, each of which contains a treatment of at least two stages in the life course. The sections cover attachment in early childhood and in later life, life course transitions, relationships within families, and the influence of social structural factors on parent-child relations. Although the chapters make important contributions to basic research and theory, many also deal with issues of public concern, such as day care, maternal employment, gay and lesbian relationships, and care of the elderly.

Love and Dishonour in Elizabethan England - Two Families and a Failed Marriage (Hardcover): Ralph A. Houlbrooke Love and Dishonour in Elizabethan England - Two Families and a Failed Marriage (Hardcover)
Ralph A. Houlbrooke
R1,185 Discovery Miles 11 850 Within 7 - 12 working days

The marriage of Charles and Elizabeth Forth (c. 1582-1593) offers an intriguing insight into the politics of gender, family and religion in Elizabethan England. In this story, resourceful women play leading roles, sometimes circumventing or subverting patriarchal authority, qualifying our accepted image of the Elizabethan propertied family. Elizabeth's impoverished Catholic father took no part in making her marriage. Instead, Elizabeth and her mother seemingly enticed Charles, sixteen-year-old heir of a solidly Protestant Suffolk JP, into a clandestine match. When the marriage began to fail, Elizabeth turned to her mother and sisters as her principal sources of support and showed greater guile, determination and resilience than her husband in what became a protracted contest. Charles, convinced of his wife's infidelity, finally left England to travel as a voluntary exile, only to die abroad. Elizabeth and her kinsman Henry Jerningham emerged as victors in subsequent prolonged litigation with Charles's father. Drawing on extensive testimony and decrees in the most fully recorded case of its kind heard by the Court of Requests, as well as a wide range of other material from local record offices and the National Archives, this readable micro-history unravels the tangled story of two very different young people. It establishes the background of the marriage and its failure in the contrasting histories of the families involved and sets the story in its larger political and religious contexts. Anyone with an interest in Elizabethan politics, law and religion, or the family, women and gender, will find it fascinating. RALPH HOULBROOKE is Professor Emeritus at the University of Reading.

Sex Matters - How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense (Hardcover): Mona Charen Sex Matters - How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense (Hardcover)
Mona Charen
R524 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R166 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Virginia Satir - Foundational Ideas (Hardcover): Barbara Jo Brothers Virginia Satir - Foundational Ideas (Hardcover)
Barbara Jo Brothers
R2,248 Discovery Miles 22 480 Within 7 - 12 working days

"Amid these [world] changes is the growing conviction that human beings must evolve a new consciousness that places a high value on being human, that leads toward cooperation, that enables positive conflict resolution, and that recognizes our spiritual foundations. Can we accept as a given that the self of the therapist is an essential factor in the therapeutic process? If this turns out to be true, it will alter our way of teaching therapists as well as treating patients." (Virginia Satir in The Use of Self in Therapy, The Haworth Press, Inc., 1987Virginia Satir, an internationally renowned educator and master therapist and a pioneer in the field of family therapy, altered the way therapists are taught and patients are treated. This landmark volume focuses on the important contributions that she made to the therapy profession. Written and edited by therapists who trained and worked closely with her, Virginia Satir: Foundational Ideas reflects her most basic ideas about the healing quality of respect for all people and the emphasis on the personal aspects of treatment rather than the technical. It also addresses the necessity of emotional honesty between the therapist and the patient and illustrates these therapists'impact on therapy as it is practiced today.The legacy left by Dr. Satir includes her profound insight into the behavior of human beings and the guidelines for the application of universal principles in such a way as to enhance human growth and unite individuals. Her impact on therapists around the world is apparent upon reading this triumphant volume. Scholars and practitioners address some of the fundamental tenets of therapy as developed by Dr. Satir and explain how they have integrated these basic foundations into their own practices. The highlights of her professional contributions that are discussed in this exhaustive volume include: the basic patterns of communication that are common to all people and the relationship of communication and self-esteem the triad concept and strategies for teaching people to exist in this basic unit of humankind in a healthy way the parts party and how this process for integrating various aspects of a person can be used with couples as well the model for change process and the ways in which it can be used with individuals, couples, and the world family reconstruction and the value of acting out the past with the therapist as guideVirginia Satir: Foundational Ideas is a sharp, clear focus on the person and work of this great master. It is necessary reading for all professionals around the world who seek to better understand the therapy process and the keys to its success.

Adult Supervision Required - Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children (Hardcover, New): Markella B... Adult Supervision Required - Private Freedom and Public Constraints for Parents and Children (Hardcover, New)
Markella B Rutherford
R1,986 Discovery Miles 19 860 Within 7 - 11 working days

In many ways, today's parents and children have more freedom than ever before. There is widespread respect for children's autonomy as distinct individuals, and a broad range of parenting styles are flourishing. Yet it may also be fair to say that there is an unprecedented fear of children's and parents' freedom. Dread about Amber Alerts and "stranger danger" have put an end to the unsupervised outdoor play enjoyed by earlier generations of suburban kids. Similarly, fear of bad parenting has not only given rise to a cottage industry of advice books for anxious parents, but has also granted state agencies greater power to police the family. Adult Supervision Required considers the contradictory ways in which contemporary American culture has imagined individual autonomy for parents and children. Using popular parenting advice literature as a springboard for a broader sociological analysis of the American family, Markella B. Rutherford explores how our increasingly psychological conception of the family might be jeopardizing our appreciation for parents' and children's public lives and civil liberties. MARKELLA B. RUTHERFORD is an assistant professor of sociology at Wellesley College.

Family group conferences in social work - Involving families in social care decision making (Paperback): Deanna Edwards, Kate... Family group conferences in social work - Involving families in social care decision making (Paperback)
Deanna Edwards, Kate Parkinson
R616 R575 Discovery Miles 5 750 Save R41 (7%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful book discusses the origins and theoretical underpinnings of family led decision making and brings together the current research on the efficacy and limitations of family group conferences into a single text.

Woman-Defined Motherhood (Hardcover): Jane Price Knowles, Ellen Cole Woman-Defined Motherhood (Hardcover)
Jane Price Knowles, Ellen Cole
R1,207 Discovery Miles 12 070 Within 7 - 12 working days

Finally, here is an enlightening and empowering book that defines motherhood from a feminist perspective and then explores the implications of that definition. Feminist authors examine some of women's full, rich, and varied thoughts and experiences about motherhood. In contrast to the too often accepted male notions of what constitutes a "good'mother or a "normal" family, this important book presents a comprehensive and balanced view of motherhood--as women have observed and experienced it. The major issues surrounding motherhood today are closely examined--the pervasive problem of mother-blaming and mother-hating and solutions to overcome it; ageism, sexism, and motherhood; relationships between mothers and daughters; relationships between stepmothers and stepchildren; motherhood and sex roles within the family; adoption; infertility; and childlessness. Special insight is also provided into the concerns of women who are mothers--lesbians, women of color, mothers of biracial children, and adoptive mothers of children from different cultures. Woman-Defined Motherhood is must reading for women, including both mothers and daughters, for therapists and other professionals supporting women, and for anyone interested in mothering.

Stress And Coping In Later-Life Families (Hardcover): Mary A Stephens, Janis H. Crowther, Stevan E. Hobfoll, Daniel L.... Stress And Coping In Later-Life Families (Hardcover)
Mary A Stephens, Janis H. Crowther, Stevan E. Hobfoll, Daniel L. Tennenbaum
R2,141 Discovery Miles 21 410 Within 7 - 12 working days

In large part, this volume is a product of the 1989 Kent Psychology Forum, where the volume's contributors presented their ideas about various facets of later-life families, challenged the ideas of others, and had their own ideas challenged in return. In planning this book, the authors' goal was to invite outstanding scholars in three areas related to social gerontology - stress, social support, and caregiving. This work includes some of the best and most creative thinkers in each of the three content areas and focuses their collective attention on a problem of growing social concern - how older adults and their families cope with the vicissitudes of later life.

Strength for the Sandwich Generation - Help to Thrive While Simultaneously Caring for Our Kids and Our Aging Parents... Strength for the Sandwich Generation - Help to Thrive While Simultaneously Caring for Our Kids and Our Aging Parents (Hardcover)
Kristine Bertini
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Within 7 - 11 working days

Multigenerational caregiving has become a prevalent phenomenon in the generation of Baby Boomers. Nurturing children as they rapidly evolve and grow as individuals while simultaneously assisting elderly parents to live with--and then exit life with--dignity and respect can be a trying experience. The good news: there can be great joy in this capacity as well.

"Strength for the Sandwich Generation: Help to Thrive While Simultaneously Caring for Our Kids and Our Aging Parents" addresses the multiple complexities that arise for the millions of middle-aged adults caring for both their children and their elders, providing the caregiver with resources and information that include strategies for caring for the self, children, and elders; handling financial strain; and addressing moral and ethical dilemmas. A licensed clinical psychologist, author Kristine Bertini shows midlife readers how to balance their demanding and multiple roles while also making meaning and finding genuine happiness in their complex world.

Damaged - The Heartbreaking True Story Of A Forgotten Child (Paperback, New Ed): Cathy Glass Damaged - The Heartbreaking True Story Of A Forgotten Child (Paperback, New Ed)
Cathy Glass 2
R193 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R41 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass

Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months but Cathy decides to take her on to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

It s clear that Josie needs psychiatric therapy, but instead Social Services take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie s future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable."

Parents in the Spotlight - Parenting Practices and Support from a Comparative Perspective (Paperback): Tanja Betz,... Parents in the Spotlight - Parenting Practices and Support from a Comparative Perspective (Paperback)
Tanja Betz, Michael-Sebastian Honig, Ilona Ostner
R1,066 R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Save R196 (18%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Children and parents have become a focus of debates on new social risks in European welfare states. Policymaking elites have converged in defining such risks, and they have outlined new forms of parenting support to better safeguard children and activate their potential. Increasingly, parents are suspected of falling short of public expectations. Contributors to this special issue scrutinize this shift towards parenting as performance and report recent forms of parenting support.

Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children - A Model for Practice (Paperback): Richard Rose Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children - A Model for Practice (Paperback)
Richard Rose
R520 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R32 (6%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Life Story Therapy is an approach designed to enable children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to secure their future through strengthening attachment with their carers and providing the opportunity to develop a healthy sense of self and a feeling of wellbeing. This comprehensive overview lays out the theory underlying life story therapy, including an accessible explanation of contemporary research in neurobiology and trauma. Featuring tried and tested ideas, with tools and templates illustrated through instructive case studies, the author identifies how life story therapy can be implemented in practice. Finally, the relationships between life story therapy and traditional 'talking' therapies are explored. Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children is essential reading for those working with children and adolescents, including social workers, teachers, child psychotherapists, residential care staff, long-term carers, psychologists and other professionals.

Parenting Out of Control - Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times (Hardcover): Margaret K. Nelson Parenting Out of Control - Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times (Hardcover)
Margaret K. Nelson
R1,866 Discovery Miles 18 660 Within 7 - 11 working days

They go by many names: helicopter parents, hovercrafts, PFHs (Parents from Hell). The news media is filled with stories of well-intentioned parents going to ridiculous extremes to remove all obstacles from their child's path to greatness . . . or at least to an ivy league school. From cradle to college, they remain intimately enmeshed in their children's lives, stifling their development and creating infantilized, spoiled, immature adults unprepared to make the decisions necessary for the real world. Or so the story goes.

Drawing on a wealth of eye-opening interviews with parents across the country, Margaret K. Nelson cuts through the stereotypes and hyperbole to examine the realities of what she terms "parenting out of control." Situating this phenomenon within a broad sociological context, she finds several striking explanations for why today's prosperous and well-educated parents are unable to set realistic boundaries when it comes to raising their children. Analyzing the goals and aspirations parents have for their children as well as the strategies they use to reach them, Nelson discovers fundamental differences among American parenting styles that expose class fault lines, both within the elite and between the elite and the middle and working classes.

Nelson goes on to explore the new ways technology shapes modern parenting. From baby monitors to cell phones (often referred to as the world's longest umbilical cord), to social networking sites, and even GPS devices, parents have more tools at their disposal than ever before to communicate with, supervise, and even spy on their children. These play important and often surprising roles in the phenomenon of parenting out of control. Yet the technologies parents choose, and those they refuse to use, often seem counterintuitive. Nelson shows that these choices make sense when viewed in the light of class expectations.

Today's parents are faced with unprecedented opportunities and dangers for their children, and are evolving novel strategies to adapt to these changes. Nelson's lucid and insightful work provides an authoritative examination of what happens when these new strategies go too far.

Pathways to Permanence for Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity Children (Paperback): Julie Selwyn, Perlita Harris, David Quinton,... Pathways to Permanence for Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicity Children (Paperback)
Julie Selwyn, Perlita Harris, David Quinton, Etc
R348 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R79 (23%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This study explores the care pathways of minority ethnic children in three authorities in England, and considers possible differences in decision making and outcomes for them, in comparison with white children, especially in permanence.

Mom - The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America (Hardcover): Rebecca Jo Plant Mom - The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America (Hardcover)
Rebecca Jo Plant
R1,078 Discovery Miles 10 780 Within 7 - 11 working days

In the early twentieth-century United States, to speak of "mother love" was to invoke an idea of motherhood that served as an all-encompassing identity, rooted in notions of self-sacrifice and infused with powerful social and political meanings. Sixty years later, mainstream views of motherhood had been transformed, and Mother found herself blamed for a wide array of social and psychological ills. In "Mom, "Rebecca Jo Plant traces this important shift through several key moments in American history and popular culture. Exploring such topics as maternal caregiving, childbirth, and women's political roles, "Mom "vividly brings to life the varied groups that challenged older ideals of motherhood, including male critics who railed against female moral authority, psychological experts who hoped to expand their influence, and women who wished to be defined as more than wives and mothers. In her careful analysis of how motherhood came to be viewed as a more private and partial component of modern female identity, Plant ultimately shows how women's maternal role has shaped their place in American civic, social, and familial life.

The Entrepreneurial Group - Social Identities, Relations, and Collective Action (Paperback): Martin Ruef The Entrepreneurial Group - Social Identities, Relations, and Collective Action (Paperback)
Martin Ruef
R441 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R85 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Recent surveys show that more than half of American entrepreneurs share ownership in their business startups rather than going it alone. Yet the media and many scholars continue to perpetuate the myth of the lone visionary who single-handedly revolutionizes the marketplace. In "The Entrepreneurial Group," Martin Ruef shatters this myth, demonstrating that teams, not individuals, are the leading force behind entrepreneurial startups. This is the first book to provide an in-depth sociological analysis of entrepreneurial groups, and to put forward a theoretical framework for understanding activities and outcomes within them.

Dennis Duckling (Paperback): Paul Sambrooks Dennis Duckling (Paperback)
Paul Sambrooks; Illustrated by Tommaso Levente Tani
R138 R107 Discovery Miles 1 070 Save R31 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Family Values - Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Hardcover): Melinda Cooper Family Values - Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism (Hardcover)
Melinda Cooper
R564 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R113 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

An investigation of the roots of the alliance between free-market neoliberals and social conservatives. Why was the discourse of family values so pivotal to the conservative and free-market revolution of the 1980s and why has it continued to exert such a profound influence on American political life? Why have free-market neoliberals so often made common cause with social conservatives on the question of family, despite their differences on all other issues? In this book, Melinda Cooper challenges the idea that neoliberalism privileges atomized individualism over familial solidarities, and contractual freedom over inherited status. Delving into the history of the American poor laws, she shows how the liberal ethos of personal responsibility was always undergirded by a wider imperative of family responsibility and how this investment in kinship obligations is recurrently facilitated the working relationship between free-market liberals and social conservatives. Neoliberalism, she argues, must be understood as an effort to revive and extend the poor law tradition in the contemporary idiom of household debt. As neoliberal policymakers imposed cuts to health, education, and welfare budgets, they simultaneously identified the family as a wholesale alternative to the twentieth-century welfare state. And as the responsibility for deficit spending shifted from the state to the household, the private debt obligations of family were defined as foundational to socioeconomic order. Despite their differences, neoliberals and social conservatives were in agreement that the bonds of family needed to be encouraged-and at the limit enforced-as a necessary counterpart to market freedom. In a series of case studies ranging from Bill Clinton's welfare reform to the AIDS epidemic and from same-sex marriage to the student loan crisis, Cooper explores the key policy contributions made by neoliberal economists and legal theorists. Only by restoring the question of family to its central place in the neoliberal project, she argues, can we make sense of the defining political alliance of our times, that between free-market economics and social conservatism.

Cambridge Studies in the History of the People's Republic of China - Marriage, Law and Gender in Revolutionary China,... Cambridge Studies in the History of the People's Republic of China - Marriage, Law and Gender in Revolutionary China, 1940-1960 (Hardcover)
Xiaoping Cong
R1,529 R1,428 Discovery Miles 14 280 Save R101 (7%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Xiaoping Cong examines the social and cultural significance of Chinese revolutionary legal practice in the construction of marriage and gender relations. Her book is an empirically rich investigation of the ways in which a 1943 legal dispute over an arranged marriage in a Chinese village became a legal, political and cultural exemplar on the national stage. This conceptually groundbreaking study revisits the Chinese Revolution and its impact on women and society by presenting a Chinese experience that cannot and should not be theorized in the framework of Western discourse. Taking a cultural-historical perspective, Cong shows how the Chinese Revolution and its legal practices produced new discourses, neologisms and cultural symbols that contained China's experience in twentieth-century social movements, and how revolutionary practice was sublimated into the concept of 'self-determination', an idea that bridged local experiences with the tendency of the twentieth-century world, and that is a revolutionary legacy for China today.

The Book of Dads - Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood (Paperback): Ben George The Book of Dads - Essays on the Joys, Perils, and Humiliations of Fatherhood (Paperback)
Ben George
R280 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R16 (6%) Within 7 - 11 working days

At turns humorous, irreverent, poignant and tender, "The Book of Dads" brings together twenty well-known and beloved writers on the subject of fatherhood, offering fathers--or anyone who has been or loved a parent--unrivaled insights into the complexity of fatherhood as it's experienced now. It is a literary reader for the contemporary dad, hip and on point, but with an eye toward becoming a classic for readers return to again and again. Contributors include Ben Fountain, Charles Baxter, Jim Shepard, Clyde Edgerton, Neal Pollack, Rick Bragg, Anthony Doerr, Michael Thomas, Davy Rothbart, Richard Bausch, Nick Flynn, Brandon R. Schrand, Rick Bass, Sebastian Matthews, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Steve Almond, David Gessner, Darin Strauss, Brock Clarke, and Sven Birkerts

Personal Relationships - Their Structures and Processes (Hardcover): Harold H. Kelley Personal Relationships - Their Structures and Processes (Hardcover)
Harold H. Kelley
R1,083 Discovery Miles 10 830 Within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 1982. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Pleasures and Perils - Girls' Sexuality in a Caribbean Consumer Culture (Paperback): Debra Curtis Pleasures and Perils - Girls' Sexuality in a Caribbean Consumer Culture (Paperback)
Debra Curtis
R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Within 7 - 11 working days

Pleasures and Perils follows a group of young girls living on Nevis, an island society in the Eastern Caribbean. In this provocative ethnography, Debra Curtis examines their sexuality in gripping detail: why do Nevisian girls engage in sexual activity at such young ages? Where is the line between coercion and consent? How does a desire for wealth affect a girl's sexual practices?

Curtis shows that girls are often caught between conflicting discourses of Christian teachings about chastity, public health cautions about safe sex, and media enticements about consumer delights. Sexuality's contradictions are exposed: power and powerlessness, self-determination and cultural control, violence and pleasure. Pleasures and Perils illuminates the methodological and ethical issues anthropologists face when they conduct research on sex, especially among girls. The sexually explicit narratives conveyed in this book challenge not only the reader's own thoughts on sexuality but also the broader limits and possibilities of ethnography.

Pleasures and Perils - Girls' Sexuality in a Caribbean Consumer Culture (Hardcover): Debra Curtis Pleasures and Perils - Girls' Sexuality in a Caribbean Consumer Culture (Hardcover)
Debra Curtis
R1,449 Discovery Miles 14 490 Within 7 - 11 working days

Pleasures and Perils follows a group of young girls living on Nevis, an island society in the Eastern Caribbean. In this provocative ethnography, Debra Curtis examines their sexuality in gripping detail: why do Nevisian girls engage in sexual activity at such young ages? Where is the line between coercion and consent? How does a desire for wealth affect a girl's sexual practices?

Curtis shows that girls are often caught between conflicting discourses of Christian teachings about chastity, public health cautions about safe sex, and media enticements about consumer delights. Sexuality's contradictions are exposed: power and powerlessness, self-determination and cultural control, violence and pleasure. Pleasures and Perils illuminates the methodological and ethical issues anthropologists face when they conduct research on sex, especially among girls. The sexually explicit narratives conveyed in this book challenge not only the reader's own thoughts on sexuality but also the broader limits and possibilities of ethnography.

Runaway Daughters - Seduction, Elopement, and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (Paperback): Kathryn A. Sloan Runaway Daughters - Seduction, Elopement, and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Mexico (Paperback)
Kathryn A. Sloan
R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Within 7 - 11 working days

Against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Oaxaca City, Kathryn Sloan analyzes "rapto" trials--cases of abduction and/or seduction of a minor--to gain insight beyond the actual crime and into the reality that testimonies by parents, their children, and witnesses reveal about courtship practices, generational conflict, the negotiation of honor, and the relationship between the state and its working-class citizens in post colonial Mexico.

Unlike the colonial era where paternal rule was absolute, Sloan found that the state began to usurp parental authority in the home with the introduction of liberal reform laws. As these laws began to shape the terms of civil marriage, the courtroom played a more significant role in the resolution of familial power struggles and the restoration of family honor in "rapto" cases. Youths could now exert a measure of independence by asserting their rights to marry whom they wished. In examining these growing rifts between the liberal state and familial order within its lower order citizens, Sloan highlights the role that youths and the working class played in refashioning systems of marriage, honor, sexuality, parental authority, and filial obedience.

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