The Family, Civil Society, and the State

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Christopher Wolfe
Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Social Science - 281 pages
The exact place of the family in a healthy political community, and the appropriate way to sustain it, are profoundly complicated and difficult questions. The distinguished contributors to this book endeavor to provide some answers. The first part of the book explores what is distinctive in the current situation of the family, and offers both optimistic and pessimistic assessments of the family in our time, as well as a historical overview. In the second part, authors look at the family today; demographics, economics, and social pathologies are all discussed. Part three offers analysis of the family and American law, especially the law of divorce, and the fourth part deals with the relationship between the family and two profoundly important facets of the structural framework of American life: our capitalist economic system and the cultural power of the media. Finally, the fifth part surveys the various areas of public policy, and concludes by asking whether, and what, public policy can do for the family. This is an important book for sociologists, legal scholars, political scientists, educators, and anyone concerned about the state of the family in America today.
 

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Contents

The Family Crisis Today
17
Delegitimating the Family The Classical Liberal Roots
27
The States Assault on the Family
39
Rawlsian and Feminist Critiques of the Traditional Family
51
A Demographic Picture of the American Family Todayand
69
The Indispensable Role of the Father in the Family
79
Is the Economic Emancipation of Women Today Contrary to
87
The Legal Definition and Status of Marriage
101
Television as a Medium Undermining the Family
163
Family Values and Media Reality
173
Government Tax Policy and the Family
193
How Taxes Affect the Family
199
Reforming Welfarethe Right
213
How Government Schools May Displace the Family
219
The SexEd Wars
239
Suggestions
251

How Current Constitutional Law Undermines the Family
119
The Moral Logic of NoFault Divorce
127
The Case against Divorce
135
The Family in Capitalist America
149
A Conservative Perspective on Public Policy and the Family
257
Index
265
About the Contributors
279
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Christopher Wolfe is professor of political science at Marquette University and the author of How to Read the Constitution: Originalism, Constitutional Interpretation, and Judicial Power

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