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The Hite Report on the Family

Hite, Shere

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ISBN 10: 0747514801 / ISBN 13: 9780747514800
Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom, 1994
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Titel: The Hite Report on the Family

Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom

Erscheinungsdatum: 1994

Einband: hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Ex - Library, Usual Stamps

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This report considers contemporary family life, observing that many families no longer fit the model for "successful" family life. Does this mean that the family is in crisis? Or are the cracks in its structure symptoms of the need for more democracy in the family and a radical new attitude towards sex and intimacy? This book looks into psycho-sexual identity within the nuclear family and aims to provide a new perspective to the debate. Men and women, teenage boys and girls, answer the Hite questionnaire and reveal their experiences of family life. Hite draws on these results to make her conclusions about lives inside family walls. The book details the subjects of: sensuality, eroticism and the boundaries of physical intimacy; parents attitudes to their children's developing sexuality; learning "masculinity" and "femininity"; erotic undercurrents in parent-child relationships; violent physical intimacy and its link with sexuality; and physic loyalties and betrayals between parents and children.

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Although successfully published overseas, this latest Hite Report was rejected by its original U.S. publisher, ostensibly over challenges to its methodology. Now it appears from Grove and is certain to spur still more controversy. As in Hite's other books on sexuality, the data were gathered from readers' surveys (3,000 children and adults in 16 countries), and much of the book consists of the participants' musings. These meandering, abbreviated remembrances sound like Nancy Friday's correspondents on a bad day. At least Friday was clear that her purpose was to turn on her readers. Hite attempts to trod on much higher ground, even though there's plenty of semi-juicy ramblings about the erotic feelings that pervade families, sexual identities, and the relationship between mothers and daughters, daughters and fathers, fathers and sons. But it's all presented to prove Hite's thesis: that we are living through a revolution in family life, and rather than trying to reassert outmoded "family values," we should be celebrating the death of the father-dominated family--a system that terrorized all family members, each in his or her own specific way. The last quarter of the book, which presents Hite's conclusions, seems simplistic and not particularly germane to what has come before it. There has always been a fuss about Hite's methodology, but here the theorizing itself often seems shaky ("Children are sometimes better off with a single parent than with two who are unequal and thus present the child with an insoluble loyalty conflict"); at other times, Hite's findings are just old hat ("Women are `whores' or `madonnas'; there's a mind-body split"). Given the likelihood of media confrontations between Hite's feminist supporters and a wide range of skeptics, it's a safe bet that libraries will need copies to fill requests. Still, it's hard not to conclude that the book's original publisher was on the right track. Ilene Cooper

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