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Researching Family Law Reform: The Authors Respond


Helen Rhoades


Melbourne Law School

Reg Graycar


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Margaret Harrison


affiliation not provided to SSRN

July 23, 2008

Family Matters, Vol. 59, pp. 68-75, 2001
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/70

Abstract:     
This discussion responds to two critical responses to our research report on the Family Law Reform Act 1995. The critics suggested that our research methodology lacked rigour, because of the inclusion of qualitative methodologies and in particular, because of our identification as feminist legal scholars. Our response questions notions of 'objectivity' and neutrality when used in such critiques and points out that there is a presumption (an erroneous presumption) that white male scholarship has no race, no gender, and comes from no position. The article notes that social science research generally, whether employing quantitative or qualitative methods, always involves acts of interpretation. We also highlight the widespread use and growing preference for socio-legal analysis of the impact of legislative change on the practices of legal actors to examine social problems. We revisit and explain some of the key findings made in our research report.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: socio-legal research, research methodology, feminist legal scholarship, judging, family law, family law reform, shared parenting, children's welfare

JEL Classification: K10, K30, J12

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Date posted: July 23, 2008 ; Last revised: February 21, 2012

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Rhoades, Helen and Graycar, Reg and Harrison, Margaret, Researching Family Law Reform: The Authors Respond (July 23, 2008). Family Matters, Vol. 59, pp. 68-75, 2001; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/70. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1170462

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Helen Rhoades
Melbourne Law School ( email )
Victoria, 3010
Australia
Reg Graycar (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Margaret Harrison
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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