Diminished rights

Danish lone mother families in international context

Valerie Polakow, Theresa Halskov, and Per Schultz Jørgensen

Diminished rights

Valerie Polakow, Theresa Halskov, and Per Schultz Jørgensen

Distributed for Bristol University Press

204 pages
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781861342775 Published July 2001 For sale in North and South America only
Denmark is one of the most progressive countries in terms of family support policies. This book, however, reveals a backdrop of diminished rights, inequalities and family violence in the lives of vulnerable lone mothers. If this is the case in Denmark, what is the situation in other countries, including the USA, the UK and other EU member states?Diminished rights is a unique qualitative study that documents the daily lives of vulnerable lone mothers and their children in Denmark. Loss of rights, gender and ethnic inequality, and family violence all emerge as key themes, with far-reaching international implications. The book:·[vbTab]presents vivid case stories to illuminate the voices and experiences of the women involved in the study;·[vbTab]identifies lone mothers as part of an emerging post-modern underclass in Denmark;·[vbTab]highlights the disturbing prevalence of domestic violence that pervades many lone mothers’ lives;·[vbTab]raises questions around legal and child custody rights and the lack of redress in a patriarchal justice system.Policy and practice recommendations are made with wide-ranging applications for an international audience of policy makers, practitioners and academics.
Introduction: lone motherhood in international context

Part One
Whither equality? The worlds of Danish lone mothers
Critical obstacles confronting lone mothers
Struggling against the odds
Fighting for an education

Part Two
The outsiders - the worlds of ethnic minority lone mothers
Life on the margins

Part Three
Violence and the culture of silence
Life under siege

Conclusion: policy and practice recommendations
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