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A Hard Time to Be a Father?: Reassessing the Relationship between Law, Policy, and Family (Practices)

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Collier


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This article seeks to unpack the way in which a constellation of ideas around what it means to speak of 'good fatherhood' has come to inform a series of debates, after the election of the New Labour government in 1997, around the content and contours of paternal responsibility. Via a focus on family law and recent developments around the idea of 'work-life' balance, it discusses the concepts underpinning present debates. In questioning the still-powerful (if frequently unspoken) influence of social constructionist ideas of sex/ gender, it explores and question how men's 'family practices' have been understood.

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Author(s): Collier R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Law and Society

Year: 2001

Volume: 28

Issue: 4

Pages: 520-545

ISSN (print): 0263-323X

ISSN (electronic): 1467-6478

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/1467-6478.00201


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