Military brats : legacies of childhood inside the fortress

by Wertsch, Mary Edwards.

Format: Print Book 1991
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction U21.5 .W48 1991
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  U21.5 .W48 1991
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Inspired by the novel The Great Santini, with an introduction by its author Pat Conroy, this account explores the lives and experiences of children raised under the rigid, authoritarian auspices of the military. Through interviews with 80 "military brats" raised in all four armed services, as well as military parents, teachers, psychiatrists, and social workers, Wertsch effectively contends that those raised in the warrior tradition of the military constitute a different subculture from that of the civilian U.S. Indeed, many of these adult children from military backgrounds later suffer much the same complications as adult children of alcoholics, whether their parents drank excessively or not, and other maladies, mostly related to the transience of military life and the discipline inherent in the military community. Yet Wertsch discovers some positive legacies and ultimately concludes that while the mark of the fortress is, and always will be, on her and others like her, she wouldn't have it any other way. ~--Ivy Burrowes"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "For her first book, Wertsch (daughter of an Army officer) interviewed 80 ``military brats'' born between 1932 and 1964, and found that many of their childhood experiences were held in common: extreme mobility, for example, frequent absence of the father and isolation/alienation from the civilian community. Almost without exception, the dominant figure in the tales collected here is the godlike father--often a super-macho warrior type who made impossible demands on sons, ignored daughters and tried to run the family as though it were a military unit. Some of the most painful stories deal with alcoholic fathers and those whose attempts to discipline their children crossed over into child abuse. Wertsch's deeply felt book has much to say about the fragility of the family and about the dark side of human nature. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Children of military personnel -- United States.
Sociology, Military -- United States.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Military life.
Publisher New York :Harmony Books,1991
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xxv, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-442) and index.
ISBN 051758400X :
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