The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy

The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy

The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy

The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy

Synopsis

Address the issues vital for women and their families

To be most effective, family therapists need to understand precisely what policies are in place and how they influence families and their relationships. The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy provides an interdisciplinary look at family public and social policies and the influence they have on families around the globe--all from a feminist perspective. Diverse international family policy experts discuss policies family therapists need to know covering gender, ethnicity, religion, and age, and the effects on women and their families.

As international family public policy shifts and changes, women and their families' lives are altered in substantial and very personal ways. The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy gives therapists a clear view of policies and diverse issues involving family policy, family relationships, and mental health. The book reveals the interaction between policy and practice, interdependence as a principle of child and family policy, ways to increase women's labor force participation without causing a fall in birth rates, and intergenerational equity debates around the world. Qualitative studies are presented detailing women's experiences of family policies' effects on their lives, including their resiliency in times of disruption and their viewpoints on life-altering events that are used to disempower them.

Topics in The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy include:
  • the interaction of British social policy with feminist practice
  • supportive rather than punitive interventions in the lives of families
  • an examination of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Babies and Bosses report
  • evaluation of international family policies of elder care
  • research into women's roles and the way they are shaped in areas of conflict
  • research on Puerto Rican and Dominican women's perceptions of divorce

The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy is timely, stimulating reading for psychotherapists, family therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, feminists/womanists, sociologists, educators and students in family studies, women's studies, gender studies, and war studies, and professionals in family policy and family law.

Excerpt

Politics are always very personal. People are ignored, neglected or harmed by social and family policy. Other policies reflect attempts to make family life safer, more accessible, and more inclusive. As a feminist family therapist and trainer, I deeply believe that family policy trends around the world affect the daily routines and choices of women and their families. the world is too small to think that war, deprivation, or violence in one country is an isolated event–we are all affected in ways that we may or may not ever know or understand, because we are all connected as a global community. Family policy trends reflect competing human and cultural values. Feminist family therapists are clinicians, activists, trainers, researchers, and members of families and communities. the more we understand and collaborate with others interested in people and families, especially those without power and a voice, the stronger our communities and the world community can become. We cannot save the world, but we can compassionately participate in it. We can participate in supporting, even demanding, more humane, inclusive, and respectful local and international family social policies.

This very special volume is a collection of work focusing on several important issues of family policy that affect women and their families around the world. the call for papers for this collection went out in the spring and summer of 2004; all of the submissions went through a peer review process by members of The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy’s Editorial Board. the authors whose work appears in this volume come from several countries and disciplines, and all have been working and writing in their specialty areas for many years. This collection reflects a beginning answer to the question: What is happening in interna-

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Editor’s Foreword.” Lyness, Anne M. Prouty. Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Feminist Family Therapy (The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 17, No. 3/4, 2005, pp. xxiii–xxv; and: The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy (ed: Anne M. Prouty Lyness) the Haworth Press, Inc., 2005, pp. xix–xxi. Single or multiple copies of this article are available for a fee from the Haworth Document Delivery Service [1-800-HAWORTH, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. (EST). E-mail address: docdelivery@haworthpress.com].

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