Child Custody, Law, and Women's Work

TORONTO, Oxford University Press, p. 283, 2003

Posted: 27 Nov 2009 Last revised: 2 Dec 2009

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Susan B. Boyd

University of British Columbia Allard School of Law

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Reform of child custody law has been a controversial topic in Canada since the mid-1980s. This refereed book argues that debates over child custody issues are rooted in gender-based dynamics within the family and society. Boyd examines how custody law has evolved over the past two centuries, with a focus on the relationship between the law and gender relations-in particular, the power relations between women and men in the heterosexual family; the dominant ideologies about motherhood, fatherhood, and family; and the differential value attributed to men's and women's work, in both private and public spheres. Overall, this text questions the extent to which reform of child custody law on its own can lead to effective social transformation of parenting.

Keywords: Custody of children - Canada, Custody of children - history

Suggested Citation

Boyd, Susan Barbara, Child Custody, Law, and Women's Work (2003). TORONTO, Oxford University Press, p. 283, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1514104

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