Description : This timely and thought-provoking book explores how social and family change are colouring the experience of childhood. The book is centred around three major changes: parental employment, family composition and ideology. The authors demonstrate how children's families are transformed in accordance with societal changes in demographic and economic terms, and as a result of the choices parents make in response to these changes. Despite claims that society is becoming increasingly child-centred, this book argues that children still have little influence over the major changes in their lives. This book breaks new ground by researching family change from the child's point of view. Through combinations from childhood experts in Scandinavia, the UK and America, the book shows the importance of studying children's lives in families in order to understand how far children are active agents in contemporary society. Students of childhood studies, sociology, social work and education will find this book essential reading. It will also be of interest to practitioners in the social, child and youth services.
Description : As welfare states grow up, they begin to think more carefully about their future. Jane Lewis is showing them how best to do so. This stellar collection of articles by top European scholars combines creative thinking about the new social investment state with impressive empirical research on specific forms of public support for family work. Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US The nature of the relationship between children, parents and the state has been central to the growth of the modern welfare state and has long been a problem for western liberal democracies. Welfare states have undergone profound restructuring over the past two decades and families also have changed, in terms of their form and the nature of the contributions that men and women make to them. More attention is being paid to children by policymakers, but often because of their importance as future citizen workers . The book explores the implications of changes to the welfare state for children in a range of countries. Children, Changing Families and Welfare States: examines the implications of social policies for children sets the discussion in the broader context of both family change and welfare state change, exploring the nature of the policy debate that has allowed the welfare of the child to come to the fore tackles policies to do with both the care and financial support of children looks at the household level and how children fare when both adult men and women must seek to combine paid and unpaid work, and what support is offered by welfare states endeavours to provide a comparative perspective on these issues. The contributors have written a book that will be warmly welcomed by scholars and researchers of social policy, social work and sociology and students at both the advanced undergraduate and post-graduate level.
Description : Our understanding of the family has been in flux over the past 30 years. This new text explores the patterns of contemporary Australian life and the impact of social, political and economic change. Editor at Deakin University, Vic.
Description : At time when separation and divorce are increasingly common, this book supplies much-needed insights into why some children survive change in families better than others.
Description : This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1982-07-03 edition. Excerpt: ... in the family and the retirement benefits accrued by each. A family's health insurance may also depend on how many members work and the extent to which coverage is extended to a worker's dependents. Moreover, its overall welfare depends on its extent of coverage on all key benefits. Unfortunately, though, there are little data, across the range of key benefits, on the family coverage which workers acquire through their involvement in this system. Based on findings from the 1977 Quality of Employment Survey (Quinn and Staines, 1979), we can indicate only the household composition of workers eligible for a package of important benefits. This package consists of medical insurance, sick leave with pay, and a retirement program. (Note that coverage on medical insurance does not necessarily extend to the workers' dependents and that both contributory and noncontributory plans are considered together.) The findings are presented in Table 5-4, which also indicates coverage for the individual benefits within the package, as well as for life insurance. As is clear, less than half of all employed workers report having a benefits package consisting of health insurance, paid sick leave, and a retirement program. Married males living with their wives (with or without children) have the highest eligibility rate for this package, but even they are almost as likely not to have coverage as to have it. In addition to their other hardships, the large majority of women raising children alone lack coverage for these basic benefits. Only slightly more than a third have these three benefits, a smaller percentage than for workers in all other household types. Of course, their low level of coverage represents a particularly acute problem because they bear...
Description : This report is based on a study of 190 families, which examined children's well-being in different family settings, especially where there had been parental separation and step-families. The study involved both questionnaires and interviews with children, family members (including siblings and parents) and teachers to determine children's views of changes. It considers a variety of factors including children's health, relationships and the use of both formal support services and informal social support to offer an insight into the effects of changing family circumstances for children, both in the short and long term.
Description : This volume considers the impact that changing family norms have had on the responsibilities that the law allocates to people in family relationships. Contributions are drawn from a wide variety of jurisdictions in which scholars, lawyers, judges and policy-makers have been trying to discern what the appropriate correlation should be between the responsibilities that people undertake in family settings and the law that regulates family responsibilities. Part I looks at the changes that have occurred in adult relationships and what they have done for our sense of the family responsibilities that adults take for one another. Part II reflects on the changing nature of the parental relationship in order to reconsider the way in which changing family structures affect the responsibilities we think people raising children should have. The third part brings the rights discourse that has dominated jurisprudence for much of the last fifty years into the discussion of family transformation and the responsibilities to which it gives rise. In the final section the authors reflect on the difficulties of trying to resolve the meaning of responsibility in a world of changing families. The collection brings together some of the most eminent and imaginative scholars and judges working in this area. It will be a valuable resource for all those interested in the legal regulation of the transforming family.
Description : Modern European societies are witnessing a number of key changes in family structures, such as postponed parenthood, low fertility, single parenting and increased divorce rates. As a consequence of the radical changes taking place in our societies, family policies often result in a complex set of targeted and sometimes contradictory measures and forms of public intervention. The three authors of this volume review the major demographic challenges posed by changing patterns in family and family formation and strive to identify possible policy responses by governments. They stress the need for all levels of government and the private sector to adopt an integrated and balanced approach to policy in order to create cohesive and family-friendly societies. This volume is a thematic compilation of the background papers on the policy implications of changing family formations prepared for the European Population Conference (Strasbourg, 7-8 April 2005).