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House Rules

Changing Families, Evolving Norms, and the Role of the Law

Exploring the connection between the norms and laws that govern familial relationships.

The shift in the paradigm of the family—from nuclear units to diverse constellations of intimacy—has been rapid and dramatic. Yet some norms are resistant to change, such as women’s continuing role as primary care providers despite their increased participation in the labor force. This clash of ingrained and evolving practices has an enormous impact on the economic, emotional, and legal aspects of daily life. House Rules is a critical exploration of how the norms and laws that govern familial relationships are intertwined and how certain laws sustain outdated, unequal standards. The authors in this incisive collection expose the unsettled norms that affect families and the role of the law in regulating them. House Rules provides tools to design laws that will respond to ongoing change and forestall the entrenchment of inequalities.

336 pages | 6 x 9

Law and Society

Law and Legal Studies: Law and Society


“This volume is much needed, offering a diverse set of scholars writing on the most pressing issues of our time for Canadian families.”

Gillian Calder, University of Victoria

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