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The European Family : The Family Question in the European Community - Jacques Commaille

The European Family

The Family Question in the European Community

By: Jacques Commaille (Editor), F. de Singly (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1997
ISBN: 9780792347576
Number Of Pages: 248

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Will the European Union have its single family - a European family - as it will have a single currency? This is the question at the origin of this book. Studies of family behavior and the organization of private life among European citizens, as well as of family member social status (children in relation to adults/parents, women in relation to men), and of social functions of the family, for example social reproduction, reveal so much convergence among European families that the reality of a European family seems inevitable, and more so if one looks at foreign studies done - in Australia, the United States or Japan - of the family in Europe.
However, studies of the different judicial and public policy laws in the different European Union member countries lead one to refine this first impression. The family does not have the same legal meaning in all places, and the ways in which it is defined by law and public policy continue to differ strongly, due in particular to historical factors, cultural traditions, and conceptions of the role of the State.
In order for the family to be part of the construction of a European citizenship, the pluralistic nature of its political definitions will have to be recognized.
Putting the family into the context of evolving European integration has never been done before. It was made possible in this study thanks to the joint efforts of two editors with long experience in social science studies of the family and as expert advisors to the European Commission, and by the work of the best international specialists in the field.
This is a book intended for specialists working in the social sciences, for social and government policy-makers in the fields of family and social policy, and for all those interested in European integration.

Introduction: Rules of the Comparative Method in the Family Sphere. The Meaning of Comparisonp. 3
Policies and Behaviour
Demographic Convergence beyond National Differencesp. 23
Family Law: the continuity of national characteristicsp. 45
The Uncertainties of Policy with Regard to the Familyp. 61
Sociopolitical Regulation of the Family-Work Relationshipp. 79
European Welfare States in their Relation to the Familyp. 91
Historical Foundations of Family Structuresp. 103
The European Family as Seen Elsewhere
The Australian Family as an Expression of Modernityp. 121
Problems of Modernity. The Uncertainties of Family Status in the United Statesp. 133
The Japanese Family between Tradition and Modernityp. 139
Family Government: Autonomy, Dependency and Control
The Generation Question. State Solidarity versus Family Solidarityp. 151
Cultural and Political Limits to the Transformation of Family Rolesp. 167
The Family's Contribution to Social Reproduction: A State Concernp. 181
From Institution to Self-regulationp. 195
From "Privacy" to the Leviathan State. The Case of the Childp. 205
Family Policy in Communist Europe as an Incitement to Passive Citizenshipp. 217
Europe: The Political Future of the Familyp. 231
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ISBN: 9780792347576
ISBN-10: 0792347579
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 31st October 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54