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The Handbook of Feminist Family Studies demonstrates how feminist contributions to family science advance our understanding of relationships among individuals, families, and communities. Bringing together some of the most well-respected scholars in the field, the editors showcase feminist family scholarship, creating a scholarly forum for interpretation and dissemination of feminist work. The Handbook’s contributors eloquently share their passion for scholarship and practice and offer new insights about the places we call home and family. The contributions as a whole provide overviews of the most important theories, methodologies, and practices, along with concrete examples of how scholars and practitioners actually engage in “doing” feminist family studies. Key Features:Examines the influence of feminism on the family studies field, including the many ways feminism brings about a “re-visioning” ...

A Feminist Critique of Family Studies
A feminist critique of family studies

Can one be both a feminist and an editor of a traditional family science journal? Can a feminist editor make a notable difference in the “business as usual” of a conservative family journal? How is the feminist work in a mainstream family journal different—and better? What do we need for family studies to help improve women's lives?

In this chapter, I reflect on these questions. As an organizing framework, I draw from Marie Withers Osmond's (1987) thoughtful feminist analysis of the work of the early thinkers of the field, most notably Ernest Burgess. I follow her lead in summarizing their deeply conservative underlying assumptions and also show their remarkable persistence to the present day. Exposing ...

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