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Practicing What the Doctor Preached: At Home with Focus on the Family

Susan B. Ridgely


Using interviews with mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, Practicing What the Doctor Preached explores the mutual relationship between James C. Dobson, Focus on the Family, and the actual values and practices of Focus’s users. It asks to what extent Focus shaped the practices of their listeners to its own ends and to what extent Focus’s understanding of its members’ practices and needs shaped the organization. It follows that interaction by attending to Focus’s listeners and their changing needs over the organization’s first forty years, years that saw the organization expand from one cente ... More

Keywords: Focus on the Family, Conservative Christianity, childrearing, James C. Dobson, politics, family, Jesus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755073.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan B. Ridgely, author
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin--Oshkosh