(Book Review) Family Law and Gender Bias: Comparative Perspectives, Volume 4 of International Review of Comparative Public Policy
5 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2015
Date Written: 1994
Tracking the presence of gender bias in family law is a difficult, massive, and treacherous project. As a locus of gender bias, family law traditionally has been amazingly blatant and unapologetic about the necessity of recognizing gender in law and incorporating patriarchal values, particularly by enshrining support for the traditional family. Not surprisingly, feminists have focused considerable attention on exposing the explicit and implicit assumptions of the gendered structure and application of family law.
This book adds another level of complexity to that project by approaching it from a comparative international perspective. Fifteen scholars evaluate the presence of gender bias in the family law structure of slightly more than a dozen countries. The United States is the primary focus, accounting for one-third of the articles, while the balance of the book is devoted to the family law structures of Brazil, Australia, France, Sweden, Japan, China, Kenya, Israel, and Muslim law in Egypt, Syria, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Keywords: family law, gender bias, comparative, international
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