Between Sex and Power: Family in the World, 1900-2000

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Routledge, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 379 pages
The institution of the family changed hugely during the course of the 20th century. In this work, Goran Therborn provides a global history and sociology, and a comparative political analysis of the family as an institution, focusing on three dimensions of family relations: on the rights and powers of fathers and husbands; on marriage, cohabitation and extra-marital sexuality; and on fertility and birth-control. the major family systems of the world have been formed and developed. His truly global scope covers the family in: Europe and the New World of America and Australia; West Asia/North Africa; South and East Asia; sub-Saharan Africa; and Creole America and Southeast Asia. The book has three parts: patriarchy and its exits - and closures; marriage and mutations of the socio-sexual order; couples, babies, and states; and a concluding chapter on the century gone, the century coming.

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Göran Therborn is Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and University Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University.

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