Academic journal article Texas International Law Journal

Ethnic Minorities, Their Families and the Law

Academic journal article Texas International Law Journal

Ethnic Minorities, Their Families and the Law

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ETHNIC MINORITIES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE LAW. Edited by John Murphy. Portland: Hart Publishing, 2000. 185 pages, $45.00 Hardcover.

Although the collection of essays chosen by editor John Murphy encompasses many immigrant and minority concerns, the book is about the complications facing western common law judicial systems dealing with significant minority immigrant populations that diverge from the cultural norm. These essays interrogate the family and cultural welfare problems of new immigrants to England and the struggles of indigenous peoples in Australia, especially in terms of that government's child welfare concerns. The book illuminates the policy concerns of both domestic and international governance in light of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism regarding both how law is written and how it is implemented. The essays make a sincere effort to search out real, workable solutions to the unique problems of specific minority populations in light of the conflicting values associated with assimilationist versus accomodationist philosophies of social policy.

Topics include: divorce, transracial and transnational adoption practices, domestic abuse, marriage, child abduction, ghettoization, and health care, as well as some of the complications that stem from the diverse religious and cultural value systems present in a modern, industrialized society. …

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