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Family Life and Family Policies in Europe: V. 2. Problems and Issues in Comparative Perspective


ISBN13: 9780198233282
ISBN: 0198233280
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £142.50



This volume is a comparative study of family change in Europe and its dependency on social policy regimes. The authors explore family discourse, family law, single parents, gender relations, the ""new fathers"", divorce, and abortion within the framework of national policies vis-a-vis the family. Conventional wisdom assumes that policy decisions affecting the life situation of a population shape different opportunities for private living, particularly in relation to children and the family. But, the authors argue, it would be too simplistic to assume a direct causal link between welfare policies for the family and developments in the family sector. Family change is in fact mediated by institutional factors as well as by cultural traditions and political intervention. The chapters in this volume deal with the substantial and methodological problems of ascertaining the impact of different national policy regimes on family change.

Contents:
Franz-Xaver Kaufmann and Hans-Joachim Schulze, Comparing Family Life in the Frame of National Policies - An Introduction; Anton Kuijsten, Variation and Change in the Forms of Private Life in the 1980s; Hans-Joachim Schulze and Hartmann Tyrell, What Happened to the European Family in the 1980s? The Polarization between the Family and other Forms of Private Life; Paul Vlaardingerbroek, Trends in the Development of Family Law in Europe - Comparative Perspectives; Thomas Klein and Johannes Kopp, Divorce in Europe - A Cohort Approach; Isabel Madruga Torremocha, Lone-Parenthood and Social Policies for Lone Parents in Families in Europe; Lisbeth B Knudsen, Induced Abortion and Family Formation in Europe; Jan Kunzler, Paths towards Modernization of Gender Relations, Policies, and Family Building; Alois Herlth, The New Fathers, What Does it Mean for Children, Marriage, and for Family Policy; Klaus Peter Strohmeier, Family Policy - How Does it Work?; Beat Fux, Which Models of the Family are Encouraged or Discouraged by Different Family Policies?; Franz-Xaver Kaufmann, Politics and Policies towards the Family in Europe - A Framework and an Inquiry into their Differences and Convergences.