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    Family Matters

    Joseph Featherstone
    More than thirty years ago, the Editorial Board committed itself to publishing articles concerned with "the clarification of, and the discovery of solutions to, the problems of education," seeking to give broader scope to the transmission of culture that goes on "less formally but inexorably—in the home, the church, the office and factory, through newspapers, movies, and the radio, and in ordinary social interaction." Over the years, our attention has shifted from one facet of this process to another; recently the family has become a major focus for educators, policy makers, and researchers. Joseph Featherstone's article provides a much-needed perspective on why the family is now at the center of many political and policy debates. He reminds us that this current emphasis is the result of both a long tradition of romanticizing the virtues of the family and the particular constellation of events we now refer to as "the sixties." While the family is emerging as a symbol in the effort to frame a more communal view of social policy, Featherstone warns of the danger inherent in seeking private solutions to problems that are collective in nature.

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    Spring 1979 Issue


    Meaning in Context
    Is There Any Other Kind?
    Elliot G. Mishler
    Family Matters
    Joseph Featherstone
    Open Admissions and Equal Access
    A Study of Ethnic Groups in the City University of New York
    David E. Lavin, Richard D. Alba, Richard A. Silberstein
    Essay Reviews
    Further Comment
    On Reading, Language, and Learning
    Frank R. Vellutino
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