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The Crucible of Consent

American Child Rearing and the Forging of Liberal Society

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$50.50 • £40.95 • €45.50

ISBN 9780674051942

Publication Date: 02/15/2012


464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Preface
  • Introduction: Is Consent Credible?
    • 1. The Hidden Dynamic of Childhood Consent
  • I. The Dream of Revolutionary Erasure
    • 2. The Revolution against Patriarchy and the Crisis of Founding
    • 3. Unencumbered Youth and the Postrevolutionary Vacuum of Authority
    • 4. Divergent Childhoods, Different Republics: The Initial Turn to Socialization
  • II. Framing Liberal Child Rearing in the Early Republic
    • 5. The Emerging Consensus on Agency Socialization
    • 6. Toward a Child-Centered Family
    • 7. Winning the Child’s Will
    • 8. Socializing Society: Popular Education and the Diffusion of Agency
    • 9. Educating the Agent as Liberal Citizen
  • III. Consolidating the Postwar Agency Republic
    • 10. The “Self-Made” Citizen and the Erasure of Socialization
    • 11. A Superfluous Socialization? Shaping the Self-Realizing Child
    • 12. Educating the Voluntary Citizen in an Organizational Age
  • Coda: From Deweyan Consensus to the Crisis of Consent
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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