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Regulating Family Responsibilities

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ISBN13: 9781409402008
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This collection brings together some of the most eminent and exciting authors researching family responsibilities to examine understandings of the day to day responsibilities which people undertake within families and the role of the law in the construction of those understandings. The authors explore a range of questions fundamental to our understanding of 'responsibility' in family life: To whom, and to what ends, are family members responsible? Is responsibility primarily a matter of care? Can we fulfil our family responsibilities by paying those to whom we owe responsibility? Or by paying others to fulfill our caring obligations for us? In each of these circumstances the chapters in this collection explore what it means to have family responsibilities, what constitutes an adequate performance of such responsibilities and the point at which the state intervenes. At the heart of this collection is an interest in the way in which the changing family affects people's perception and exercise their family responsibilities, and how the law attempts to regulate (and understand) those responsibilities. The essays range across intact and separated or fragmented families, from lone and shared parenting in single homes to caring across households (and even across international boundaries) to reflect on the actual caring responsibilities of family members and on the fulfilment of financial responsibilities in families. This collection seeks to advance our understanding of the attempts of the law, and its limits, in regulating the responsibilities which family members take for each other.

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Subjects:
Family Law
Contents:
Preface
Supporting, fostering and coercing? The legal regulation of the exercise of family responsibilities, Jo Bridgeman, Heather Keating and Craig Lind
Part 1 The Gendered Nature of Family Responsibility: Parent's work life balance: beyond responsibilities and obligations to agency and capabilities, Barbara Hobson and Susanne Fahlen
The responsible father in New Labour's legal and social policy, Richard Collier
The court of motherhood: affect, alienation and redefinitions of responsible parenting, Ruth Cain
Responsibility in family finance and property law, Jo Miles.
Part 2 Regulating Responsibilities in Fragmented Families: Negotiating the shared residence: the experience of separated fathers in Britain and France, Alexander Masardo
Law's gendered understandings of parents' responsibilities in relation to shared residence, Annika Newnham
Regulating responsibilities in relocation disputes, Robert H. George
Child abduction in the European Union: recognising and regulating care and migration, Ruth Lamont.
Part 3 Acknowledging Caring Responsibilities?: Grandparent involvement and adolescent adjustment: should grandparents have legal rights?, Shalhevet Attar-Schwartz, Ann Buchanan and Eirini Flouri
Reflections on the duty to care for the elderly in Portugal, Paula Tavora Vitor
Elder abuse and stressing carers, Jonathan Herring
Intensive caring responsibilities and crimes of compassion?, Heather Keating and Jo Bridgeman
Sufficiency of home care for extraordinary children: gender and health law in Canada, Kiran Pohar Manhas
Why we should care about global caring, Eva Kittay
Index.