Beyond the Family
The Social Organization of Human Reproduction
By (author) A. F. Robertson
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Beyond the Family by A. F. Robertson
Book DescriptionReproduction is the most vital process in the regeneration of our species and our society. Nevertheless, its influence on the shape of the modern world has been consistently overlooked by social scientists who have emphasized the erosion of the family in industrialized societies. In A.F. Robertson's view families persist. And the goal of reproduction plays an essential role in everything from the organization of political parties to the growth of banks and factories. Robertson inverts the traditional wisdom that reproduction responds passively to the powerful transformative force of technology. Reproduction, he asserts, requires such extensive cooperation on the state and community level, as well as within the family, that it has had great impact on our social and political organization. Whether discussing Lesotho women and the South African economy or the effects of the family on the development of capitalism, Robertson demonstrates that the ramifications of human reproduction extend far beyond the family. Boldly argued and laced with cross-cultural comparisons, "Beyond the Family" synthesizes the writings of a range of thinkers. It is sure to garner discussion and debate among divergent scholars of many stripes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520077218
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author A. F. Robertson
Dependence and Opportunity, Paperback (June 2009)
A study of the historical relationship between the system of colonial control and local social and political structures in the Ahafo region of Ghana.
Greed, Paperback (April 2001)
A A lively and well written account of a neglected topic -- greed A Uses the topic of greed as a way to explore broader issues concerning the nature and development of modern societies A Written with a trade as well as an academic market in mind A Many illustrations and featured examples from historical and modern sources.
People and the State, Paperback (October 1984)» View all books by A. F. Robertson
This book looks at the rise, during this century, of planned development.
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Author Biography - A. F. Robertson
A. F. Robertson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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