2nd edition, Summary Family and Civilization is the magnum opus of Carle Zimmerman [], a distinguished sociologist who taught for many. Family and Civilization by Carle C. Zimmerman, The Family of. Tomorrow by Carle C. Zimmerman (review). Eva J. Ross. The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly . A publishing event of major importance is the re-issue of Family and Civilization by Harvard sociologist Carle Clark Zimmerman (–).

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Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Zimmerman traces the evolution of family structure from tribes and clans to extended and large nuclear families to the small nuclear families and broken families of today.

This impacts marital and reproductive ethics, but it ought to also inform our theories of political righ I don’t agree with Zimmerman’s causal analyses, and I don’t think he fully understands Protestant civic thought, however this book is so very interesting, and the topic is so hugely important, that I would recommend this atop the list of any histories of society. Carlson helps situate Zimmerman, who opposed the neo-Marxist sociologists of the Chicago School, within the larger stream of twentieth-century family sociology.

The Church also stood strongly against abortion, infanticide, and the practice of exposing unwanted infants to the fakily.

Jun 14, Edward Waverley marked it as to-read Shelves: Things are getting better because they are getting freer, which means more contractual. Zimmerman review Eva J. What role does the family play in the total business of society?

Family and Civilization by Carle C. Zimmerman

At first the freedom becomes an incentive to economic gain. Lance Kinzer rated it it was amazing Sep 11, The Family of Tomorrow. Bernard rated it ccarle it Jul 04, Book titles OR Journal titles. In this unjustly forgotten work Zimmerman demonstrates the close and causal connections between the rise and fall of different types of families and the rise and fall of civilizations, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, and the United States. Doug rated it it was amazing Jun 24, More and more people abandon the effort, and the society stagnates demographically.


Family and Civilization

Neither condition appears in the trustee family, which claims immense non-state power to enforce norms of behavior internally amongst its members and externally against its enemies. Instead of the Triumphant March of Liberation presented by the Life Style Left, the late Harvard sociologist sees anv ebb and flow of changes in family structure.

Having no internal or external guides to discipline him, he becomes a gambler with life, always seeking greener pastures. Zimmerman saw that not everyone in society actually participates in familism, meaning the social system that brings forth the next generation: The groups are so small that natural events such as an extreme storm, the loss of a boat, a fire, or a tribal quarrel-may kill only a small number of people, yet its psychological influence on the group may be greater than that of a major catastrophe such as the Black Death or a world war-among civilized peoples.

That tragedy develops only in situations in which a the state hold the exclusive or dominant power to civilizaton property rights and b people view themselves as individual agents rather than as part of an infinitely-lived family, with powers of its own.

A Speculative Quarterly Review. Marion rated it liked it Jan 19, On the other hand, witness the relationship between Hitler and Zimjerman. Zimmerman shows why this happens, not only in the United Kingdom of the twentieth century but also in post-Revolutionary France and in many other historical settings.


The family is the primary power in society, controlling car,e action, punishing transgressions, and providing protection against enemy attack. New Research Bryce J. The numbers before the comments correspond to the numbers before the assumptions quoted above:.

The family keeps order, out of necessity: Family and Civilization strikes a new and welcome note in the long list of civilizatkon publications for college ” marriage and family ” courses. The Church attempted to moderate the more barbaric features of the trustee family system, while preventing people from lapsing back into the decadent atomistic family of the late Roman Empire.

Morgan illustrates this point from the other side of the Atlantic. If we violate a rule, who punishes us, the family or the state? civilizationn

faimly The child has gone through most of the basic experiences of familism before he has even a faint idea of their real meaning. Zimmerman escapes this trap by focusing on the sovereignty of the family.

Review: Family and Civilization by Carle C. Zimmerman

And he shows the consequences of each structure cwrle the bearing and rearing of children; for religion, law, and everyday life; and for the fate of civilization itself. The absurdity of the assumption that variations in the smaller groupings are without rhyme or reason needs no comment.

As an older work, Family and Civilization can be a challenging read. He deploys three types of family: The very idea of liberty itself changes, according to Zimmerman:.