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Families, Politics, and the Law : Perspectives for East and West Europe - Mavis Maclean

Families, Politics, and the Law

Perspectives for East and West Europe

By: Mavis Maclean (Editor), Jacek Kurczewski (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th June 1994
ISBN: 9780198258100
Number Of Pages: 336

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The family has become a political battleground in both East and West. In the West, interventionist policies designed to encourage equality of opportunity and to eliminate the problems encountered by disadvantaged members of the traditional family (usually women, children and the elderly) have been replaced by a fresh quest for individual freedom from interference by the State. Once again inequality of economic power is determining decisions such as whether or if at all to seek divorce or abortion in situations where previously the State regulated by means of offering economic support. The process of 'rolling-back' the influence of the State has been dubbed 'privatisation' of the family, and the consequences of this shift by the State are here examined in considerable detail by a group of experts. The same examination of family in the East throws up similar terminology ('privatisation' for instance appears frequently) but the motivating forces and processes are intriguingly different. In the East concern to retain welfare provision, to reject the past, and to reflect national values without reducing individual liberty now requires a balancing act of extreme delicacy. State withdrawal from the family, leaving the family as a private sphere seems to be accompanied by a new emphasis on fundamental religious roles, which tend to stress differences between gender roles and to limit access to divorce or abortion in order to strengthen the 'traditional' family. The authors of this book examine this evolutionary process and ask what can be found of value in the exaggerated collectivism of the former communist regimes.

Prefacep. v
List of Contributorsp. ix
Concepts: Words and Valuesp. 1
Introduction: The Issues in Contextp. 3
Privatizing the Polish Family after Communismp. 25
Dilemmas of Family Policy in Liberal Statesp. 53
Family Obligations: The Empirical Evidencep. 67
Private Law and the Post-Totalitarian Family: Keeping Promises and Giving Helpp. 69
What do Family Members and Friends Expect from One Another at the Transition to Democracy?p. 79
Family Responsibilities and Inheritance in Great Britainp. 97
Families and the Role of Lawp. 121
Allocating Resources at Times of Crisis: Divorce and Separation in Polandp. 139
Delegalizing Child Supportp. 141
The Social Problem of Child Abuse in Poland: The Conflict between Privacy and Controlp. 169
Children's Rights and Adoptionp. 179
Implementing the Children Act 1989: The Changing Relationship between Local and Central Governmentp. 189
Social Work, Law-Jobs and the Forms of Modern Law: The Children Act 1989p. 213
Does the Law Protect Polish Women?p. 239
Women, Family and Property: British Songs of Innocence and Experiencep. 261
Family Law and Social Policyp. 275
Family Benefits and Social Policy in Polandp. 277
Marriage, Motherhood, and Old-Age Security in the UKp. 289
Divorcing Children: Roles for Parents and the Statep. 305
Referencesp. 318
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ISBN: 9780198258100
ISBN-10: 0198258100
Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 16th June 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.57