Cover image for Family and the Politics of Moderation Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism
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Family and the Politics of Moderation Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism
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Hall, Lauren K., 1980-
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9781602588035
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Waco : Baylor University Press, 2014. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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1 online resource (pages cm)
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Book collections on Project MUSE.
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Acknowledgments -- Introduction: a familial fulcrum -- Contemporary liberalism, human nature, and the family -- Marxism, collectivism, and the family -- Ayn Rand, individualism, and the family -- Montesquieu, Burke, and the moderate family -- Family forms and the social individual -- Conclusion: political moderation and the familial fulcrum -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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In Family and the Politics of Moderation , Lauren K. Hall argues that the family is a fulcrum upon which societal values balance. Hall describes a set of intermediate institutions that hold the power to alter polarized political and cultural views--churches, religious institutions, local governments, social organizations, and importantly, the family. For Hall the family moderates between broad collectivity and strict individualism. She contends that the family as an intermediate entity wields the strength to guide society between extreme viewpoints, be they social, political, or cultural. Family and the Politics of Moderation thus generates an imperative to ensure the survival of the family as an integral pillar of society.