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Hareven, Tamara K. (1937–) - U.S. Social History

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Tamara K. Hareven was born on May 10, 1937, in Czernautz, Rumania. Her father was an attorney, her mother a mathematics professor. Between the ages of four and seven, she was in a German concentration camp in the Ukraine. She remembers the influence of her maternal grandmother, who narrated folk tales and who taught her to read from scraps of newspaper. In 1946 Hareven’s family returned to Rumania, and she attended school there until 1948, when they immigrated to Israel. As a student at Reali High School in Israel, Hareven was influenced by her history teachers. Wanting to understand the response and adaptation of individuals and groups to the larger forces of social change, she decided to pursue history as a course of study. She cites Jacob Talmon at Hebrew University and Robert Bremner at Ohio State University as important influences on her thinking.

Hareven attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1961. She then moved to the United States for graduate school, earning a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1962 and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1965. Once she completed her doctorate, Hareven accepted a position as assistant professor at Dalhousie University. She was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and stayed at Dalhousie until 1969, when she accepted a position as associate professor of American history at Clark University. In 1976 she was promoted to professor of history at Clark. In 1988 Hareven left Clark for the University of Delaware, where she was named Unidel Professor of Family Studies and History. She has held many visiting professor positions as well, at Boston University, Harvard University, Doshisha University in Japan, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

The author or editor of thirteen books and over fifty scholarly articles, Hareven has been a central figure in the new social history of the family. She has helped to launch interdisciplinary explorations of the family that include historical, sociological, anthropological, and economic perspectives on such issues as urbanization, ethnicity, work, aging, and leisure time. She is currently working on two additional books: The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family Work and Community in a Changing Traditional Industry and Generations in Historical Time: The Family, Life Course and Aging in an American Community; the latter is a sequel volume to her earlier work, Family Time and Industrial Time .

Hareven has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including Fulbright appointments to India and Japan, fellowships at Harvard University, the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, and Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She has served as the president and vice president of the Social Science History Association, has been named an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and has been awarded a Graduate Society Medal from Radcliffe College. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Japan Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, among others.

Hareven has served on the editorial boards of many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Youth and Society, Journal of Crosscultural Studies of Aging , and Continuity and Change . She has served on professional committees for the Social Science History Association, the American Historical Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and the National Research Council. In addition, Hareven has worked with several government agencies, including the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Children’s Bureau, and the National Institute on Aging. She has testified before Congress on historical changes in the life course and the family and on policy implications for the aged. She has organized over a dozen conferences and presented papers at conferences across the United States and in nearly twenty other countries.

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3 months ago

Sorry to hear of her passing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamara_Hareven

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about 3 years ago

I would like to reach Ms. Hareven about a project I'm working on for the Greater Manchester (NH) Chamber of Commerce. Is contact information available anywhre?