Women and Family Law: Connecting the Public and the Private

Women and Family Law: Connecting the Public and the Private

by Patricia McGee Crotty
     
 

This book explores a fascinating subject; the relationship between women's rights under family law and their overall status. Since it regulates marriage, inheritance, and reproduction, family law makes the personal political. This text examines changes in family law that occurred between 1980 and 1995 in sixty-four different nations. It illustrates how public

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This book explores a fascinating subject; the relationship between women's rights under family law and their overall status. Since it regulates marriage, inheritance, and reproduction, family law makes the personal political. This text examines changes in family law that occurred between 1980 and 1995 in sixty-four different nations. It illustrates how public policies that relate to everyday life affect women. Because this text integrates gender politics and policy analysis, students in women's studies and in public policy courses will find it valuable.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«This book is a welcome addition to the comparative literature about human rights, women's rights, and family law. Professor Crotty believes that family law which regulates marriage, divorce, inheritance, and reproduction often creates significant differences in the legal status of men and women. She further believes that these differences are wrong and that gender equality should be the ideal. Her research combines theoretical rigor, careful measurement, and a sound research design to explain why the size of this 'gender gap' varies from nation to nation. Certainly, her work constitutes an important contribution to the relevant scholarly literature. What is even more surprising is that Professor Crotty has made her book suitable for the college classroom as well by avoiding unnecessary technical jargon and including stimulating questions for classroom discussion at the end of each chapter. Her book would be useful in classes about public policy, human rights, research methods, and women and politics.» (David L. Cingranelli, Political Science Department, Binghamton University)
Booknews
A political-science perspective on the relationship between the overall status of women and their rights under laws governing marriage, inheritance, and reproduction in 64 different countries, and the changes that occurred between 1980 and 1995. The combination of gender politics and policy analysis is suitable for courses in women's studies and public policy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820438047
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Teaching Texts in Law and Politics Series
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

The Author: Patricia McGee Crotty received her Ph.D. in political science and public policy from SUNY Binghamton. She is a professor of political science at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. In addition to publishing numerous articles on public policy issues, she has served as an administrator in both social service and environmental organizations.

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