- Title Pages
- 1 How to Give the Present a Past? Family Law in the United States 1950–2000
- 2 Changing Family Patterns in England and Wales over the Last Fifty Years
- 3 A Century of the American Family
- 4 Family Policy in the Post-War Period
- 5 The Evolution of Family Policy in the United States after World War II
- 6 English Family Law since World War II: From Status to Chaos
- 7 The Shadowlands: The Regulation of Human Reproduction in the United States
- 8 The Legal Regulation of Infertility Treatment in Britain
- 9 Parenthood in the United States
- 10 Marriage, Cohabitation, and Parenthood—from Contract to Status?
- 11 Marriage: An Institution in Transition and Redefinition
- 12 The Constitutionalization of American Family Law: The Case of the Right to Marry
- 13 Dual Systems of Adoption in the United States
- 14 English Adoption Law: Past, Present, and Future
- 15 Divorce in the United States
- 16 Divorce in England 1950–2000: A Moral Tale?
- 17 The Financial Incidents of Family Dissolution
- 18 Post-divorce Financial Obligations
- 19 The Status of Children: A Story of Emerging Rights
- 20 Disputing Children
- 21 The Law and Violence Against Women in the Family at Century’s End: The US Experience
- 22 Violence Against Women in the Family
- 23 A Forum for Every Fuss: The Growth of Court Services and ADR Treatments for Family Law Cases in the United States
- 24 Access to Justice in Family Matters in Post-War Britain
- 25 Child Welfare Policy and Practice in the United States 1950–2000
- 26 From Curtis to Waterhouse: State Care and Child Protection in the UK 1945–2000
- 27 The Hague Children’s Conventions: The Internationalization of Child Law
- 28 Individual Rights and Family Relationships
- 29 The End of an Era?
The End of an Era?
The End of an Era?
- (p.636) (p.637) 29 The End of an Era?
- Cross Currents
- Oxford University Press
This book has shown that family life and family law underwent such significant change during the last quarter of the twentieth century that the form of family law as a whole in the 1950s was closer to that of the 1890s than to that of the 1980s. Historically, an individual’s rights and duties, his or her social role, depended on the individual’s relationship to social institutions. Being married and being born into a marriage was as important as social class or religious affiliation in determining the nature of an individual’s social relationships. Confidence in institutions was probably undermined by revelations of domestic violence between adults, and of child abuse within families and in institutional settings. Possibly because welfarism had not taken such a deep hold in the United States as in England and Wales, the challenge to traditional forms from the ideologies of rights and empowerment was more dramatic. For many years the battle has centred on the issue of abortion.
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