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The Accordion Family

The Accordion Family by Katherine S. Newman
Jan 29, 2013
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    Jan 17, 2012 | 320 Pages

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    Jan 17, 2012

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“Klinenberg and Newman flesh out their subjects with expertise and devotion, but neither forgets that ‘accordion family’ and ‘going solo’ are always less definitive terms than rich and poor.”—New York Times Book Review 

“Brilliant and important.” —Robert B. Reich, author of Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

“Newman reveals that while the causes of children moving back home are somewhat universal … different cultures have very disparate ways of redressing the issue.”—starred notice in Library Journal feature 

“Combining personal interviews with careful analysis of economic trends, and paying close attention to differences in cultural values and political structures, Newman sheds new light on the complex trade-offs that recent changes in intergenerational relationships and residence patterns involve for young adults, their parents, and society as a whole.”—Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

“In this wide-ranging book, Katherine Newman shows that the ages at which young adults leave their parents’ homes are rising in developed countries around the world. She brilliantly demonstrates that the global forces behind this change are everywhere the same but that each nation interprets it in its own cultural way. Newman’s insightful presentation of the stories of accordion families challenges us to re-think what it means to be an adult today.”—Andrew Cherlin, author of The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today

From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents


Chapter 1) The Slippery State of Adulthood
Chapter 2  Why Are Accordion Families Spreading?
Chapter 3) In-House Adulthood
Chapter 4) I’m OK, You Are Not
Chapter 5) When the Nest Doesn’t Empty
Chapter 6) Trouble in Paradise
Chapter 7) The Birth Dearth and the “Immigrant Menace”

Conclusion: The Messy Politics of the Accordion Family
A Note on Methods and Acknowledgments

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