Linda Gordon [Pdf ebook] Heroes of Their Own Lives The Politics and History of Family Violence Boston 1880 1960

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E interpretation of someone of a different class different ethnic group and probably different faith and possibly different first languageThat being "Said The Really Interesting Thing "the really interesting thing is how Gordon traces the way conceptions of family violence changed over time and the way ideas about gender and the family played into this change For example women began to take and blame as child neglect was identified as a problem In previous generations and in some of the cultures these immigrants were coming from everyone in the household was supposed to contribute to the household economy But American reformers became and focused on what was proper for a family a working father and a mother at home with the children In many of these impoverished households mothers needed to work but that by definition made them neglectful mothers as they were not doing what the reformers saw as their primary job A father by contrast could not really be neglectful because he was supposed to be working outside the home So in a household with two working parents child neglect was taking place and it came to be seen as only the fault of the motherI had never really thought about the changing definition of abuse and I had certainly never considered how gender played into it so much of this book was eye opening for me It was also interesting to receive these little glimpses into the lives of for me It was also interesting to receive these little glimpses into the lives of Bostonians even though as noted above we need to remember the sources of those glimpse. Al agencies devoted to dealing with the problem she chronicles the changing visibility of family violenc. Ng in the late 19th and early 20th centuries I know that the author was trying to highlight the struggles of women in her book but by leaving out men from her euation so many times she has not presented the full history that she should have known as a good historian she was responsible to give her readers This book is not something that I would have picked up on a normal basis and by reading it proves that while I may have been a history major in college I still do not enjoy histories about violence and the LIKE GIVE ME A GOOD BOOK Give me a good book a King or ueen of Europe anyday and I will have it done by midnight In class we have been discussing a lot of positives and negatives about this book but I think most readers who are interested in the topic will find the book fascinating and will not particularly care about the various ways it can be criticized The biggest problem is that pretty much all of "this is based on one set of sources case records prepared "is based on one set of sources case records prepared social workers These social workers were middle or upper class people and they were recording information about lower class people often immigrants We really have nothing from the lower class people directly This isn t really Gordon s fault thoughit would be great if there was a collection of working class immigrant diaries and letters out there but those are really hard to come by These case reports are what we have So everything we know about these people and what happened in their homes comes through th. Buse and neglect wife beating and incest from 1880 to 1960 Drawing on hundreds of case records from soci. Heroes of Their Own Lives The Politics and History of Family Violence Boston 1880 1960