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Diminished rights
     

Diminished rights

by Valerie Polakow, Theresa Halskov, Per Schultz Jorgensen
 

Denmark is one of the most progressive countries in terms of family support policies. This book, however, reveals a backdrop of diminished rights, inequalities and family violence in the lives of vulnerable lone mothers. If this is the case in Denmark, what is the situation in other countries, including the USA, the UK and other EU member states? Diminished rights

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Denmark is one of the most progressive countries in terms of family support policies. This book, however, reveals a backdrop of diminished rights, inequalities and family violence in the lives of vulnerable lone mothers. If this is the case in Denmark, what is the situation in other countries, including the USA, the UK and other EU member states? Diminished rights is a unique qualitative study that documents the daily lives of vulnerable lone mothers and their children in Denmark. Loss of rights, gender and ethnic inequality, and family violence all emerge as key themes, with far-reaching international implications. The book:·[vbTab]presents vivid case stories to illuminate the voices and experiences of the women involved in the study;·[vbTab]identifies lone mothers as part of an emerging post-modern underclass in Denmark;·[vbTab]highlights the disturbing prevalence of domestic violence that pervades many lone mothers' lives;·[vbTab]raises questions around legal and child custody rights and the lack of redress in a patriarchal justice system.Policy and practice recommendations are made with wide-ranging applications for an international audience of policy makers, practitioners and academics.

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The findings of this research are highly informative, topical and relevant to the UK. The book should be recommended reading on social work training courses across the country. Maureen Marsh, Barnardo's, Lawrence Weston Family Centre, Bristol

Diminished rights is an exciting book ... It will be essential reading for policy makers, workers in welfare and childcare as well as scholars in this field. Ann Phoenix, Department of Psychology, Open University

... a penetrating study ... Diminished rights is an important account for Europeans and North Americans who study, work in, and inhabit welfare states, and for everyone concerned with the well-being of single mothers and their children. Peggy Kahn, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan-Flint, USA

Drawing comparisons with welfare reform rhetoric and realities in the UK and USA, this powerful book makes a critical contribution to cross-national social policy and child and family literature. Beth Swadener, Early Childhood Education, Kent State University, USA

This compelling volume contributes important voices and richly contextualised narrative data to a growing cross-national literature on lone mothers, children and the state. Beth Swadener, Early Childhood

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861342775
Publisher:
Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date:
07/18/2001
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Polakow, Eastern Michigan University, Therese Halskov, The National Danish School of Social Work and Per Schultz Jørgensen, Royal Danish School of Educational Studies

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