Analysing Families: Morality and Rationality in Policy and Practice

Analysing Families: Morality and Rationality in Policy and Practice

Analysing Families: Morality and Rationality in Policy and Practice

Analysing Families: Morality and Rationality in Policy and Practice

Synopsis

The family and its role continues to be a key topic in social and government policy. This text directly addresses the social processes responsible for the changes - how social policy interacts with what families actually do.

Excerpt

Anne Barlow is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. She has a particular interest in family policy and family law, especially the law relating to cohabitants, which is the main focus of her research. Her publications include Cohabitants and the Law (Butterworths, 1997) and Advising Gay and Lesbian Clients: A Guide for Lawyers (with M. Bowley QC et al., Butterworths, 1999). In addition to her ongoing research into the 'common law marriage myth' in England and Wales, she is currently undertaking comparative research into the varying legal responses to the phenomenon of cohabitation in Europe.

Ulla Björnberg is Professor of Sociology, Gender and Family at the Department of Sociology, Göteborg University, Sweden. She has been engaged in several international projects on family policy and family life in Eastern and Western Europe. Her studies focus on the reconciliation of employment and family life, with perspectives on gender and class, lone motherhood and employment. She is currently leading a research programme on 'Family relations in modern society: development of theory and methods in sociological research on families', studying the subsistence strategies of lone mothers and negotiations about the distribution of money, time and domestic work in dual-earner couples. She is the author of many publications on these topics, including 'Equality and backlash: family, gender and social policy in Sweden' (in L. Hass and P. Hwang (eds), Organisational Change and Gender Equity, Sage, 2000) and 'Family change and family policy in Sweden' (in M. Alestalo and P. Flor (eds), Family Change and Family Policy in the Scandinavian Welfare States, Oxford University Press, 2001).

Alan Carling is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bradford, UK. He has published extensively in social theory, political philosophy and the theory of history. An especial interest is in the application of the rational choice approach to sociological topics, including families and households. He is author of Social Divisions (Verso, 1991) and founding editor of Imprints: A Journal of Analytical Socialism. . .

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