OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Homesickness: An American History

ISBN : 9780195371857

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¥5,533
著者: 
Susan J. Matt
ページ
360 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
151 x 236 mm
刊行日
2011年09月
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Homesickness today is dismissed as a sign of immaturity, what children feel at summer camp, but in the nineteenth century it was recognized as a powerful emotion. When gold miners in California heard the tune "Home, Sweet Home," they sobbed. When Civil War soldiers became homesick, army doctors sent them home, lest they die. Such images don't fit with our national mythology, which celebrates the restless individualism of colonists, explorers, pioneers, soldiers, and immigrants who supposedly left home and never looked back. Using letters, diaries, memoirs, medical records, and psychological studies, this wide-ranging book uncovers the profound pain felt by Americans on the move from the country's founding until the present day. Susan Matt shows how colonists in Jamestown longed for and often returned to England, African Americans during the Great Migration yearned for their Southern homes, and immigrants nursed memories of Sicily and Guadalajara and, even after years in America, frequently traveled home. These iconic representatives of the undaunted, forward-looking American spirit were often homesick, hesitant, and reluctant voyagers. National ideology and modern psychology obscure this truth, portraying movement as easy, but in fact Americans had to learn how to leave home, learn to be individualists. Even today, in a global society that prizes movement and that condemns homesickness as a childish emotion, universities counsel young adults and their families on how to manage the transition away from home, suburbanites pine for their old neighborhoods, and companies take seriously the emotional toll borne by relocated executives and road warriors. In the age of helicopter parents and boomerang kids, and the new social networks that sustain connections across the miles, Americans continue to assert the significance of home ties. By highlighting how Americans reacted to moving farther and farther from their roots, Homesickness: An American History revises long-held assumptions about home, mobility, and our national identity.

目次: 

Introduction
Chapter One: Emotions in Early America
Chapter Two: Painful Lessons in Individualism
Chapter Three: A House Divided
Chapter Four: Breaking Home Ties
Chapter Five: Immigrants and the Dream of Return
Chapter Six: Transferring Loyalties
Chapter Seven: Mama's Boys, Organization Men, Boomerang Kids, and the Surprising Persistence of the Extended Family
Conclusion Of Helicopter Parents, Facebook, and Wal-Mart: Homesickness in Contemporary America
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements

著者について: 

Susan J. Matt is Presidential Distinguished Professor of History at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. She is the author of Keeping Up with the Joneses: Envy in American Consumer Society, 1890-1930.

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