Lasch discusses the decline of the family's importance in a society where schools, peer groups and mass media challenge parental authority and usurp many of its child-rearing functions. This devaluing of family is examined in penetrating detail in Haven in a Heartless World
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An Eighth Day View:
One of the earliest and sharpest cultural commentators to investigate the twentieth-century American family, Christopher Lasch argues in this book that as social science "experts" intrude more and more into our lives, the family's vital role as the moral and social cornerstone of society disintegrates and, left unchecked, so does our political and personal freedom. Mr. Lasch combines an analytic overview of the psychological and sociological literature on the American family with his own trenchant analysis of where the problem lies.