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“The chapters of this book began as a family policy lecture series sponsored by the Family Research Council. . . . [The] book is clearly a political statement. . . . This book joins a growing list of recent volumes that decry the declining marriage rate; it adds the dimension of encouraging increased fertility. . . . [Will] be welcomed by those with a particular religious and political philosophy.”
—Gary R. Lee, Contemporary Sociology
"No social institution is more vital to the perpetuation of civilized life than the family. Yet few institutions have suffered more from the relentless incursions of modernity than the family. And no field of contemporary scholarship has been more politicized and debased than the study of the family. These three facts, taken together, explain why Allan Carlson's humane voice, and his contribution to our national life, is so rare and so valuable. He is our most persuasive advocate for the natural family, one of the few scholars willing to approach the subject with an unapologetically normative view. For him, the family is rightly regarded as the nexus of the profoundest of human experiences: marriage, sexuality, procreation, childrearing, home life, home economics, and the care of the elderly. Fractured Generations is not only a succinct defense of that view, but a meaty compilation of particular policy initiatives that can begin to restore the strength and dignity of the natural family and give it the tools to defend itself. It should be read by everyone who cares about the future of the family."
—Wilfred M. McClay, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
"A welcome and provocative book of thoughtfully revisionist history and wise prescriptions by an honest, learned man of the Midwest, Fractured Generations points the way to a family policy rooted in healthy tradition, American liberty, and human-scale community."
—Bill Kauffman, author of Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette
"Fractured Generations is an insightful and provocative account of the history and future of family policy in the United States. Written by one of the wisest observers of the family in America, this book offers timely analyses of topics such as social security, income tax policy, and family planning. This book is required reading for academics, journalists, and policymakers interested in the family."
—W. Bradford Wilcox, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia and author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands
"Allan Carlson is the best writer and thinker on family and society. His essays are always a 'must read' for anyone concerned about the family, be they liberal (to know the strength of their opposition) or conservative (to be led deeper and deeper in an always enjoyable way). With the years his already vast knowledge increases and his insights become more and more unassailable. In Fractured Generations he continues and refines his work - his tradition, and concludes with a list of public policy proposals that every Congressman and Senator should have in pocket-card form next to his (or her) heart."
—Patrick F Fagan, The Heritage Foundation
"Allan Carlson is an economist deeply immersed in the complexities of social history and public policy. Agree or disagree, his work always provokes and illumines. His recommendations for family-friendly social policy are stated clearly and defended vigorously. Anyone with an interest in marriage, families, and public policy will find Carlson's latest worthy of careful consideration. Let the debate begin!"
—Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy.
Allan C. Carlson is president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford, Illinois and was distinguished visiting professor of history and politics at Hillsdale College. He is the author of numerous books, including Fractured Generations: Crafting a Family Policy for Twenty-First-Century America and The Family in America. He is also the series editor of Transaction’s Marriage and Family Studies series.