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Family, Law, and Community: Supporting the Covenant

Margaret F. Brinig


In the wake of vast social and economic changes, the nuclear family has lost its dominance, both as an ideal and in practice. Some welcome this shift, while others see civilization itself in peril—but few move beyond ideology to develop a nuanced understanding of how families function in society. This book draws on research from a variety of disciplines to offer a distinctive study of family dynamics and social policy. Concentrating on legal reform, it examines a range of subjects, including cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, and domestic violence. The book concludes that conventio ... More

Keywords: nuclear family, families, society, family dynamics, social policy, legal reform, cohabitation, custody, grandparent visitation, domestic violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226074993
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226075020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret F. Brinig, author