1st Edition

Families and Family Policies in Europe

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    The family is currently a controversial topic both within the UK and Europe. While demographic trends seem to suggest that family structures and attitudes within the European Union are converging and that member states are facing similar social problems, their policy responses are very different. This book examines the differences between these national responses and that of the EU as contained in the social chapter. It analyses the key concepts underlying the formulation of family policy and illustrates it with the latest data much of it hitherto unpublished.

    1. List of Figures and Tables
      Part One: Constructing and Deconstructing the Family
    2. Statistical Definitions of the Family
    3. Institutional Definitions of the Family
    4. Public Policy Definitions of the Family
    5. Sociological Definitions of the Family
      Part Two: The Family-Employment Relationship
    6. Conceptualising Women's and Mother's Employment
    7. The Relationship Between Women's Paid and Unpaid Work
    8. Policies for Women and Mothers as Paid Workers
      Part Three: From Social Policies to Family Policies
    9. Family Policy Making in Europe
    10. The Family Impact of Social Policies
    11. Integrating European Families and Family Policies
    12. Bibliography
    13. Index


    Hantrias, Linda; Letabiler, Marie-Therese