In Memoriam: Tamara Hareven

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

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College of Education & Human Development, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Interests: diverse families; grandparenting/intergenerational relationships; health and family

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Dear colleagues,

Barbara H. Settles, Editor for this Special Issue of Genealogy, titled “In Memoriam: Tamara Hareven,” invites submissions for this issue. This Special Issue focuses on the life and work of Tamara Hareven, with specific interest on the development of family history and interdisciplinary work in family studies.  

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Scope and Priorities for the “In Memoriam: Tamara Hareven” Issue

Papers that review her life and times are crucial. The introduction will give a sketch of her life and its connections to interdisciplinary work in family studies and the development of family history as a specialization. Her activities in developing the field of family history and building interdisciplinary working relationships and communication are a key to her long-term impact academically and deserve attention. However, in-depth treatment of each specific work and the process around it would warrant separate papers. She was specifically responsible in the founding of two family history journals and working on them. Dr. Hareven’s books and publications continue to be important standards in the field and her major studies comparing families in the silk weaving industry in three countries could be addressed separately, or some issues developed across publications and presentations. Her dissertation and book on Eleanor Roosevelt is interesting as it followed the more usual methods of the historical use of documents and got her involved in American sources. Concept papers that cut across her work are also of interest.

It would be useful to have an article that is based on reviewing her continuing citations and recognition or contested claims in various family fields of scholarship. Rising above the specific studies and publications of data would be attention to her interaction with other scholars on family theory and research and her own positions on why life course events and intergenerational ties were central to understanding families.

It is not so clear how her choice of following a single industry that was at the forefront of technology and employment of women in the 19th century and was undergoing transitions in the 20th century was strategic, but interest in work and change remains interesting and could be explored. The intersection of work and family underlies many of the other concepts, however, it is not usually addressed directly when reviewing her work.

Dr. Hareven was also interested in using available technology in the organization of her interviews, in providing photographic context, and in having the books well edited and formatted. Her work is being referred to in family science literature, often to frame new work or in texts to introduce the field to students. Perhaps some research using content analysis could contrast how her influence is seen in family science, sociology, social work, psychology, history, and other fields when discussing family issues now. Also a search for her reviews of other works as well as of her own work would be welcome. Her long career included teaching and lecturing. She did lecture to public and other forums and presented testimony.

Theory building, itself, is often influenced by collegial interaction and she organized a number of workshops which promoted creative interaction. Following up on what some of those involved have done or how they have extended the work could also yield insight into continuing applications. The call is open to other topics which serve to illuminate her contributions and challenges. Papers are subject to peer review.

In addition to full papers, there is also a place in this issue for selected vignettes that memorize aspects of her thinking, goals, choices, style, problem identifications and solutions, and unique contributions. These biographic selections can be from 3-6 pages and should be cited where appropriate, however, they are likely to be first person or joint accounts. They will also be reviewed and edited. If you have any questions about potential submissions please contact the special issue editors. If you want to submit an abstract, but the current COVID-19 crisis is causing you significant problems in this regard, we understand - please contact us to discuss it. A current research or theory project that owes a debt to Hareven's work would also be acceptable.

Prof. Barbara Settles
Guest Editor

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13 pages, 230 KiB  
Tamara K. Hareven: Reflections on a Life Course … and a Friendship
by Loren D. Marks
Genealogy 2021, 5(4), 100; - 19 Nov 2021
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 2424
Tamara Hareven, as a new social historian and family historian, weaved multiple narratives together into a tapestry that represented her best approximation of truth. In this piece, I strive to do likewise as I address three topics: (a) Tamara Hareven as Family and [...] Read more.
Tamara Hareven, as a new social historian and family historian, weaved multiple narratives together into a tapestry that represented her best approximation of truth. In this piece, I strive to do likewise as I address three topics: (a) Tamara Hareven as Family and Social Historian, (b) Tamara Hareven as Theorist, and (c) Personal Reflections on Tamara Hareven as Mentor and Friend. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue In Memoriam: Tamara Hareven)
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