Responsibility, Law and the Family

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This volume explores the concept of responsibility in family life, law and practice through an examination of moral, social and legal responsibilities, as opposed to rights or obligations. Divided into four parts, the study considers the nature of family responsibility, constructions of children's responsibilities, shifting conceptions of family responsibilities and family, responsibility and the law. The collection brings together some of the leading experts from the disciplines of sociology, socio-legal studies and law to explore responsibilities prior to birth, to children, of children, and of the state towards family members. The volume seeks to inform and challenge the developing conceptualisation of responsibilities which arise in interdependent, intimate and caring relationships and their legal regulation. The book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners working in this complex field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754671091
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Conceptualising Family Responsibility Jo Bridgeman Bridgeman, Jo Heather Keating Keating, Heather

Pt. 1 The Nature of Family Responsibility

2 The Right to Responsible Parents Michael Freeman Freeman, Michael

3 Together Forever? The Rights and Responsibilities of Adult Children and their Parents Jonathan Herring Herring, Jonathan

4 Being a Responsible Mother: New Labour Policy Discourses versus Lone Mothers' Contextualised Accounts Harriet Churchill Churchill, Harriet

5 State Responsibility and the Abuse of Vulnerable Older People: Is there a Case for a Public Law to Protect Vulnerable Older People from Abuse? John Williams Williams, John

Pt. 2 Constructions of Children's Responsibilities

6 Responsible Children and Children's Responsibilities? Sibling Caretaking and Babysitting by School-age Children Virginia Morrow Morrow, Virginia

7 Being Responsible, Becoming Responsible and Having Responsibility Thrust upon Them: Constructing the 'Responsibility' of Children and Parents Heather Keating Keating, Heather

8 Responsibility, Children and Childhood Adrian James James, Adrian

Pt. 3 Shifting Conceptions of Family Responsibility

9 Engaging Fathers? Responsibility, Law and the 'Problem of Fatherhood' Richard Collier Collier, Richard

10 Responsible Fathers: Paternity, the Blood Tie and Family Responsibility Craig Lind Lind, Craig

11 Being Responsible: 'Good' Parents and Children's Autonomy Amanda Wade Wade, Amanda

Pt. 4 Family, Responsibility and the Law

12 Parental Responsibility, Responsible Parenting and Legal Regulation Jo Bridgeman Bridgeman, Jo

13 Family Law and Family Responsibility Alison Diduck Diduck, Alison

14Conclusion: Regulating for Responsibility in an Age of Complex Families Craig Lind Lind, Craig


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