Tamara Hareven

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Tamara Kern Hareven (May 10, 1937—October 18, 2002) was a social historian who wrote extensively on the history of the family and the effects of social changes on family lives. Her books include Families, History and Social Change and Aging and Generational Relations.[1]

Born in Chernivtsi, Romania (now Ukraine),[1] and of Jewish origin,[2] she died of kidney failure at the age of 65.

Selected works[edit]

  • (ed.). Family and Kin in Urban Communities, 1700-1930 (1977)
  • Amoskeag: Life and Work in an American Factory-City, with Randolph Langenbach (1978, reissued in 1995)
  • (ed.). Themes in the history of the family (1978)
  • (ed.). Transitions: The Family and the Life Course in Historical Perspective (1978)
  • Family Time and Industrial Time: The Relationship Between the Family and Work in a New England Industrial Community (1982, reissued in 1995)
  • (ed.). Aging and Generational Relations: Life-Course and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (1996)
  • Families, History and Social Change: Life Course and Cross-Cultural Perspectives (2000)
  • Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry (2002)


  1. ^ a b Obituary: Tamara Kern Hareven, 'The New York Times, November 6, 2002
  2. ^ Historians at the Jewish Virtual Library


  • Jennifer Scanlon and Shaaron Cosner. American Women Historians, 1700s-1990s. Greenwood Press, 1996.

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