Fathers' Rights Activism and Law Reform in Comparative by Sally Sheldon, Richard Collier

By Sally Sheldon, Richard Collier

The felony prestige, obligations, and rights of fellows who're fathers — married or single, cohabiting or separated, organic or social in nature — is a subject with a protracted and well-documented heritage. but fresh advancements in a couple of international locations recommend a growing to be politicization of the connection among legislations and fatherhood. In a few international locations, an more and more vocal, noticeable, and well-organized fathers' rights move has been credited with influencing perceptions of the politics of kinfolk justice. Fathers, it's argued, became the recent sufferers of relatives legislations justice platforms that experience swung too a ways in desire of moms. Armed with such claims, fathers' rights activists have got down to in achieving a number felony reforms, so much particularly within the parts of kid help legislations and get in touch with and place of dwelling rights following separation. This ebook brings an realizing to those advancements. Bringing jointly prime foreign commentators, the publication offers a cautious, severe, and comparative research of the paintings of fathers' rights activists, the function legislations has performed of their campaigning, their felony recommendations, their luck (or in a different way) in attaining felony reform, similarities and divergences with the women's circulate, and the connection among fathers' rights hobbies and the societies that body them.

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An example of this is provided by Boyd, in this volume: the fact that the Canadian FRM’s demands for the reform of child support law were not taken very seriously, she suggests, was due at least in part to the coincidence of these reforms with a neo-liberal agenda to privatise economic responsibility within the nuclear family. More generally, the family law system is faced with the task of creating legal order from ‘social noise’,118 inevitably understanding 117 Compare the approach of Hobson, above n 4.

Htm. 70 Kaye and Tolmie, ibid, 175; Boyd and Young, above n 64, 59. 71 Kaye and Tolmie, ibid, 178. : Law, Policy and Family Practices’ (2001) 28 Journal of Law and Society 520. Kaye and Tolmie, ‘Discoursing Dads’, above n 64, 181. 73 Boyd, ‘Demonizing Mothers’, above n 64, 55–56. See, for example, the arguments of D Blankenhorn, Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem (New York, Basic Books, 1995); N Dennis and G Erdos, Families Without Fatherhood (London, Institute of Economic Affairs, 1993).

They speak in the moving language of loss and graphically describe situations where men have suffered genuine feelings of hurt. Their telling gives an air of authenticity to the points they illustrate. Dramatic currency is also derived from the fact that these “horror stories” do not present the normal case. 108 To what extent, and on what basis, can feminists attack the arguments of the FRM as ‘anti-scientific’ or unrepresentative? What is the status of such a critique and what implications does it have for feminist critiques of nonexperiential knowledge in other contexts?

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