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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.

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The Defense of Marriage Act: The Construction of a Solution or a Problem?

The Defense of Marriage Act: The Construction of a Solution or a Problem?

The defense of marriage act: The construction of a solution or a problem?

Readers will recall from Chapter 6 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was one of the family measures on which Congress voted in the 105th Congress. If you, the reader, might wonder how attitudes about families and government are embedded in constructions of family problems and legislative solutions to them, and how language is used in such constructions, you need look no further than the congressional debates over DOMA. This chapter is based on a content analysis of these House and Senate debates that took place in the House on July 11 and July 12 and in the Senate ...

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