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The information provided is accurate and certainly very current; a definite strength of the text.

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With so many challenges facing families and governments in the United States today, this is an important time to be thinking about family policy. Respected family policy expert Shirley Zimmerman offers the only single-authored core textbook to provide a comprehensive and coherent introduction to family policy. The application of the frameworks to real life issues in family policy provides the opportunity for students to learn to think conceptually about family policy in relation to family problems. She clearly and cogently guides students through the foundations, policy frameworks, and implications of policy decisions for family well-being, ending with a carefully considered set of conclusions and implications for policy practice.

Family Policy offers concrete illustrative examples that bring the academic subject matter to life for students. Questions at the end of each chapter help students test their comprehension of the material, deepen their understanding of the subject matter, and spur classroom discussion.

Family Policy Discourse: The Construction of Family Problems and Their Solutions

Family Policy Discourse: The Construction of Family Problems and Their Solutions

Family policy discourse: The construction of family problems and their solutions

Discourse in Family Policy

With the introduction of terms such as family policy and family impact analysis (FIA) into policy discourse, there has been an increase in awareness of the family dimensions of the policies that are enacted. We can see this in the frequency with which public officials and advocacy groups evoke the term family when they argue on behalf of various policies. Family policy discourse refers to the written and verbal communication of thoughts and ideas about the problems that families experience in relation to society and policy solutions to them—whether by political candidates, elected officials, advocates, or ordinary people in public and ...

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