IN DEFENSE OF SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

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In Defense Of Single Parent Families

Author : Nancy E. Dowd
ISBN : 9780814719169
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Single-parent families succeed. Within these families children thrive, develop, and grow, just as they do in a variety of family structures. Tragically, they must do so in the face of powerful legal and social stigma that works to undermine them. As Nancy E. Dowd argues in this bold and original book, the justifications for stigmatizing single-parent families are founded largely on myths, myths used to rationalize harshly punitive social policies. Children, in increasing numbers, bear the brunt of those policies. In this generation, more than two-thirds of all children will spend some time in a single-parent family before reaching age 18. The damage done in the name of justified stigma, therefore, harms a great many children. Dowd details the primary justifications for stigmatizing single-parent families, marshalling an impressive array of resources about single parents that portray a very different picture of these families. She describes them in all their forms, with particular attention to the differential treatment given never-married and divorced single parents, and to the impact of gender, race, and class. Emphasizing that all families face significant conflicts between work and family responsibilities, Dowd argues many two-parent families, in fact, function as single-parent caregiving households. The success or failure of families, she contends, has little to do with form. Many of the problems faced by single-parent families mirror problems faced by all families. Illustrating the harmful impact of current laws concerning divorce, welfare, and employment, Dowd makes a powerful case for centering policy around the welfare and equality of all children. A thought-provoking examination of the stereotypes, realities and possibilities of single-parent families, In Defense of Single-Parent Families asks us to consider the true purpose or goal of a family.
Category: Family & Relationships

Single Parents

Author : Karen L. Kinnear
ISBN : 1576070336
Genre : Family & Relationships
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ABC-CLIO's Contemporary World Issues series comprises comprehensive, balanced, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to science, technology, and medicine; the environment; society; politics, law, and government; criminal justice; and gender and ethnicity.Each volume offers: -- An authoritative introductory essay on the subject-- A chronology of events, legislation, movements, and initiatives-- Biographies of activists, advocates, and legislators-- A compilation of relevant facts in the form of tables, figures, and documents-- A directory of leading organizations and agencies-- An annotated list of print resources-- An annotated list of valuable nonprint resources, such as computer databases, information available on the Internet, and audiovisual materials-- A glossary of relevant terms-- A comprehensive subject index-- Well suited for circulating collections as well as reference shelves
Category: Family & Relationships

Handbook Of Children Culture And Violence

Author : Nancy E. Dowd
ISBN : 1412913691
Genre : Psychology
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The Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of childhood violence that considers children as both consumers and perpetrators of violence, as well as victims of it. This Handbook is the first single volume to consider situations when children are responsible for violence, rather than focusing exclusively on occasions when they are victimized.
Category: Psychology

In Praise Of Messy Lives Essays

Author : Katie Roiphe
ISBN : 9780679644026
Genre : Literary Collections
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This powerful collection of essays ranges from pop culture to politics, from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sontag, from Facebook to Mad Men, from Joan Didion to David Foster Wallace to—most strikingly—the author’s own life. For fans of the essays of John Jeremiah Sullivan and Jonathan Lethem. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times • The Wall Street Journal Katie Roiphe’s writing—whether in the form of personal essays, literary criticism, or cultural reporting—is bracing, wickedly entertaining, and deeply engaged with our mores and manners. In these pages, she turns her exacting gaze on the surprisingly narrow-minded conventions governing the way we live now. Is there a preoccupation with “healthiness” above all else? If so, does it lead insidiously to judging anyone who tries to live differently? Examining such subjects as the current fascination with Mad Men, the oppressiveness of Facebook (“the novel we are all writing”), and the quiet malice our society displays toward single mothers, Roiphe makes her case throughout these electric pages. She profiles a New York prep school grad turned dominatrix; isolates the exact, endlessly repeated ingredients of a magazine “celebrity profile”; and draws unexpected, timeless lessons from news-cycle hits such as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “love child” revelations. On ample display in this book are Roiphe’s insightful, occasionally obsessive takes on an array of literary figures, including Jane Austen, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Margaret Wise Brown, the troubled author of Goodnight, Moon. And reprinted for the first time and expanded here is her much-debated New York Times Book Review cover piece, “The Naked and the Conflicted”—an unabashed argument on sex and the contemporary American male writer that is in itself an exciting and refreshing reminder that criticism matters. As steely-eyed in examining her own life as she is in skewering our cultural pitfalls, Roiphe gives us autobiographical pieces—on divorce, motherhood, an emotionally fraught trip to Vietnam, the breakup of a female friendship—that are by turns deeply moving, self-critical, razor-sharp, and unapologetic in their defense of “the messy life.” In Praise of Messy Lives is powerfully unified, vital work from one of our most astute and provocative voices. From the Hardcover edition.
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Families In Peril

Author : Marian Wright Edelman
ISBN : 0674292294
Genre : Family & Relationships
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In this analysis, the President of the Children's Defense Fund describes the disintegrating state of the family over a generation, dispels common assumptions, and sets a bold agenda to strengthen families and protect children
Category: Family & Relationships

Family Law

Author : Leslie J. Harris
ISBN : 0735540292
Genre : Law
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As the pace of change in family law continues to accelerate, instructors are realizing they need a casebook that both provides a solid foundation and responds to current developments. Family Law, Third Edition, meets the challenge by offering comprehensive coverage, a mix of interdisciplinary materials, and a strong emphasis on teachability. Every element of this modern casebook is designed to enhance teaching and learning: complete coverage of the key topics of family law in three main parts: Marriage and Its Alternatives, Divorce and Its Consequences, and Children, Parents, and the State broad selection of interdisciplinary materials -- on finance principles, genetics and statistics, clinical psychology, social history, and legal and policy responses to domestic violence, for example -- helps students understand the complex influences on family law balanced presentation addresses cutting-edge issues while maintaining a focus on family and the state, the role of various groups involved in family law issues, and the effectiveness of law and law enforcement strong problems give students practice applying legal principles to real-world situations updated Teacher's Manual offers advice on how to teach the survey course effectively Refined and improved for its Third Edition, Family Law is now more flexible and completely current: with the help of new co-author June Carbone, each chapter in the book has become independent to permit teaching in any order without creating confusion or gaps in understanding reflects the trend to discuss domestic violence issues throughout the course in relation to a variety of topics, such as divorce, custody, and state involvement in the family incorporates the latest family law developments with regard to same-sex marriage, coverage of Troxel, regarding grandparent visitation rights, custody issues, including the revised Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA), now called the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), and features expanded coverage of equitable or titled interest in community property the authors integrate new cases throughout the book
Category: Law

The M Word

Author : Heather Birrell
ISBN : 0864924879
Genre : Social Science
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There isn't a mother who hasn't thought of herself as stationed far outside maternity's central zone--that imaginary place where all the babies are cooing, bananas are never bruised, and every woman is comfortable enough in her own skin to disregard a magazine's blaring provocation: Are You Mom Enough? In this original and sometimes provocative collection of essays, Saleema Nawaz, Alison Pick, Nancy Jo Cullen, Carrie Snyder, and many others explore the boundaries of contemporary motherhood. There are the women who have had too many children or not enough. There are women for whom motherhood is a fork in the road, encountered with contradictory emotions. And there are those who have made the conscious choice not to have children and then find themselves defined by that decision. Here some of Canada's best writers face down motherhood from the other side of the picket fence. The M Word. It means something to every woman. Exactly what it means is rarely simple. -- Provided by publisher.
Category: Social Science