Stephanie Coontz


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Stephanie Coontz (born August 31, 1944) is an author, historian, and faculty member at Evergreen State College. She teaches history and family studies and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-2004. Coontz has authored and co-edited several books about the history of the family and marriage.

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  • A two-parent family based on love and commitment can be a wonderful thing, but historically speaking the "two-parent paradigm" has left an extraordinary amount of room for economic inequality, violenc...
    Stephanie Coontz (20th century), U.S. journalist. Washington Post (May 9, 1993).
  • ... what's been building since the 1980's is a new kind of social Darwinism that blames poverty and crime and the crisis of our youth on a breakdown of the family. That's what will last after this flu...
    Stephanie Coontz (b. 1944), U.S. social historian. Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A13 (November 4, 1992). Reacting to recent appeals to "family...
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