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  • ISBN 1558612505
  • ISBN13 978-1558612501
  • Language English
  • Author Perdita Huston
  • Publisher The Feminist Press at CUNY; 1 edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Pages 320
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  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Politics and Government
  • Size ePub 1406 kb
  • Size Fb2 1760 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 834

Families As We Are has at its core the words and ideas of ordinary people. Huston spent more than four years interviewing three and four generations of families of all socioeconomic backgrounds in twelve countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Japan, Jordan, Mali, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States.While others mourn the loss of "family values," Huston discovers families who are strengthening themselves to face new realities. She describes the new forces that are changing families and finds positive as well as negative values in these transformations. While traditional families have been undermined by urbanization, economic transformation, emigration, and the global information culture, the family has also been positively changed by an increased regard for individual liberties and democratic values, and by a breakdown of patriarchal power.Huston expands the definition of family, demonstrating that families come in all sizes and forms, from small nuclear families to large multigenerational groups, from street children who band together for protection and companionship to groups of prostitute women who live together and care for each other's children. Through the words of scores of family members, this volume presents families reinforcing and revisioning bonds forged of tradition and pragmatism, respect and love, as they face the challenges of the new millennium. Huston's fresh perspective—gained from several decades of working directly with families around the world—leads her to conclude that while the changes in families "may look like breakdown to those facing backwards, it looks like renovation to those facing the future."

Families As We Are book.

Families As We Are book. Huston's fresh perspective-gained from several decades of working directly with families around the world-leads her to conclude that while the changes in families "may look like breakdown to those facing backwards, it looks like renovation to those facing the future.

Includes bibliographical references.

Families As We Are includes interviews with and photographs of families from Brazil to Jordan, Sweden to Thailand

Families As We Are includes interviews with and photographs of families from Brazil to Jordan, Sweden to Thailand. Huston's conversations, often with several family members of different generations, lead her to conclude that while the changes in families "may look like breakdown to those facing backwards, it looks like renovation to those facing the future. Perdita Huston is a journalist and author of several previous books, including Motherhood by Choice and Third World Women Speak Out. Huston has also worked for a number of international organizations, most recently as director of the Peace Corps program in Bulgaria.

Perdita Huston has spent years as a journalist interviewing and writing about women and families in many countries. In Families As We Are, which focuses on how families deal with change, Huston interviews members of three- and four-generation families in eleven countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Japan, Jordan, Mali, Thailand, Uganda, and the USA), asking about their history, current situation, and possible future.

Families As We Are : Conversations from Around the World. Families As We Are has at its core the words and ideas of ordinary people. Huston spent more than four years interviewing three and four generations of families of all socioeconomic backgrounds in twelve countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, El Salvador, Japan, Jordan, Mali, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States.

Families As We Are. Conversations From Around the World. Published June 4, 2001 by The Feminist Press.

Families As We Are has at its core the words and ideas of ordinary people. While others mourn the loss of "family values," Huston discovers families who are strengthening themselves to face new realities.

Families As We Are: Conversations from Around the World, Feminist .

Families As We Are: Conversations from Around the World, Feminist Press at the City University of York (New York, NY), 2001. SIDELIGHTS: Perdita Huston had quite a lifetime of accomplishments before her untimely death to ovarian cancer in 2001 at the age of sixty-five. Huston was an advocate for impoverished women, bringing life to their voices. Huston's final book, Families as We Are, chronicles the lives of several generations of families in various countries. It is a look at "how individuals are coping with changes in concepts of human rights and with economic transformations brought about by increased technology," stated Vanessa Bush in Booklist.

With former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrook at Families As We Are signing, 2001 Image.

For five years, Huston visited families in eleven countries-Japan, Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Mali, Uganda, Egypt, Jordan, Brazil, El Salvador, and USA-to gather the materials for her final book-Families As We Are: Conversations from Around the World (The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2001), the outcome of her Global Family Project. Deeply traditional in her attachment to the idea of family, Perdita is characteristically open to examining the different forms it takes in the modern world. p. x). return to Main Exhibit Page. With former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrook at Families As We Are signing, 2001 Image.

Her first book "Message from the Village" was also published in 1978. Families As We Are, The Feminist Press, 2001. She later worked for the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Switzerland and at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London and acted as consultant with UNDP, UNIFEM, UNFPA and UNICEF. From 1997, she returned to work for the Peace Corps as a Country Director in Mali and then Bulgaria. The Perdita Huston Human Rights Award is supported by the Washington . chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

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Vosho
I like this book. It's basically a group of families from different countries in each chapter and is fairly interesting to read because the author quotes the different people telling their story. I do feel, ​however, that it could be a little bit outdated, but nothing too drastic.
Faugami
Perdita Huston's FAMILIES AS WE ARE (2001), published by The Feminist Press of the City University of New York, is an astonishing book likely to change government policy and ideas about support for families everywhere. Huston is a feminist former government administrator (Peace Corps Regional Director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, the Pacific, and Peace Corp chief in both Mali and Bulgaria) whose writing is a pleasure to read.... interesting, compelling, literary, easy to read, and substantial.
She takes her reader on an armchair round the world tour of visits to representative families in Japan, Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Mali, Uganda, Egypt, Jordan, Brazil, El Salvador, and the USA. Her in depth interviews make the important point that families around the world are alive and well, and surviving in new and different, often imaginative ways sometimes controversial, but destined to be accepted in time by people who may now question the need for change and new solutions to problems of family survival. Government action and policy changes are needed to support family survival efforts Huston describes, and she makes a good case for looking at old, classical problems in new ways.
Former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard C. Holbrooke, author of TO END A WAR, offers a touching Foreward to Perdita Huston's book, and states "she is, in her way, still the scribe of Constantinois, writing down the words and thoughts of the voiceless, helping give them shape and, above all, giving them to us." Ambassador Holbrooke clearly admires Perdita Huston, and anyone who reads her wonderful book can quickly understand why.
Huston's book is a curious and wonderful combination of hard, politically shocking facts and quiet, humane reflection and communication about delicate and often undiscussed and unrevealed important needs human beings have around the world, needs not confined to particular regions or countries of the world. Problems Perdita Huston reveals in FAMILIES AS WE ARE (2001) are truly universal. They exist worldwide, far away and also in our own back yards. They are not to be run away from. They are to be faced carefully and intelligently.
Perdita Huston is a new kind of feminist. Her communications style is refreshingly diplomatic and careful. It calls for solutions to problems without scapegoats or bromides. Implicitly, Huston invites non-Feminist females and sympathetic males to join Feminists concerned about the very subject of families, their survival, and resources they need. FAMILIES AS WE ARE (2001) sets a new standard in Feminist communications and polemics, and is bound to make friends for Feminism and its goals worldwide. Hopefully, other Feminists will notice her new style, and give us more of the same.
Perdita Huston provides us with important information about an important subject not to be ignored or trivialized....the survival of the family as an institution. Her words are bound to bring tears to the eyes of readers, and to make them call for government action and change as it concerns the subject of the family.
All this said, FAMILIES AS WE ARE (2001) is a hopeful and optimistic book, truly memorable and likely to become a classic read and re-read by thoughtful people for decades to come. We owe a lot to Perdita Huston for writing it.