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GALLERY: Seven Common Challenges Facing Middle-Class Families at Home

Seven common challenges
"Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors," a new book by UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives of Families, gives an unprecedented look into the middle-class American home. A team of archaeologists, anthropologists and other social scientists studied the home life of 32 two-income, middle-class families in Los Angeles.
 
"People will see a mirror image of their own lives and can reflect on how other people cope with their mountains of possessions and related daily challenges," said lead author Jeanne Arnold, a UCLA archaeologist. See the press release for background on the project.
 
(Photo credit: J. Arnold and CELF)
 
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