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Title: Incomplete citizens: Changing images of post-separation children
Authors: Kaganas, F
Diduck, A
Keywords: Family;Child;Divorce;Welfare;Contact;Responsibility;Autonomy
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Citation: Modern Law Review, 67(6): 959 - 981, 2004
Abstract: The image of the child as the victim of separation or divorce is well-established in legal, socio-legal and popular discourse. However, the authors argue, alongside this traditional image of the child, there is a different image of the child emerging, that of the autonomous, responsible child. This is apparent in academic discourse, policy documents and legal pronouncements. This child is included in the project of ‘remoralising’ the family by building the ‘good’ post-separation family. The ‘good’ child of separation or divorce is responsible for safeguarding his or her own welfare and is expected to make those choices that are assumed to best protect his or her best interests. In order to ensure that the child makes the ‘right’ decisions, he or she, like the adults concerned, is the target of education, information and therapeutic intervention. There is a blending of paradigms in which the ideal child is both an autonomous social actor and a vulnerable object of concern.
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ISSN: 1468-2230
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