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The Moral and Political Status of Children$
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David Archard and Colin M. Macleod

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242682.001.0001

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What Children Really Need: Towards a Critical Theory of Family Structure

What Children Really Need: Towards a Critical Theory of Family Structure

(p.231) 13 What Children Really Need: Towards a Critical Theory of Family Structure
The Moral and Political Status of Children

Shelley Burtt

Oxford University Press

The ’new familists’ argue that sociological evidence on the relation between traditional two‐parent nuclear family and positive outcomes for their children justifies public‐policy measures aimed at promoting this type of family. But the success of such families is due to the fact that many other institutional arrangements advantage this type of family. Such a family typically involves a sexist division of domestic labour. A ’critical theory of family structure’ identifies the developmental needs of children and examines the ways in which various family structures can function to meet these needs.

Keywords:   children, critical theory, developmental needs, division of labour, domestic labour, family structure, new familism, nuclear family, public policy

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