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Feminism and the Family

Politics and Society in the UK and USA

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Red Globe Press

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17 November 2000

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Why has the interlacing of gender issues and the family become a dominant strand of political discourse and policy development in the late twentieth century? Will the historical contradictions that have beset the...

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Why has the interlacing of gender issues and the family become a dominant strand of political discourse and policy development in the late twentieth century? Will the historical contradictions that have beset the relationship between the family and feminist aspirations continue through the new millennium? Is the 'new feminism' a resolution of these tensions or part of the 'anti-feminist backlash'? This study examines the continuing 'war over the family' in the USA and the UK in the context of major socio-economic and cultural changes that have fundamentally shifted the ground of traditional gender relations and redrawn the material and psychological conditions for family life in the next century.

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The interdisciplinary approach and UK/USA comparative context ensure that this book is relevant to a wideranging readership
Classic feminist theories are not only covered but are related to public policy implications
Topical and thoroughly uptodate while still setting contemporary debates in historical context
Very stylishly written and persuasively argued, taking an original stance to standard feminist arguments

Introduction
Historical Precedents
Sex, the Nuclear Family and its Radical Opposition
The Women's Liberation Movement and the Family
Pro-Family Reaction
The New Right: Anti-Feminism in Power?
New Right Impasse on Family Policy
Feminists Re-Consider the Family
New Struggles for the Soul of Feminism
Feminism and the Family: Still at Odds?
Conclusion
Bibliography.
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Dr JENNIFER SOMERVILLE is Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Social Studies at the University of North London.

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Dr JENNIFER SOMERVILLE is Dean of Faculty of Environmental and Social Studies at the University of North London.

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