The State: creator or destroyer of family solidarity?
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There is an on-going debate about the relationship between the State and the family. Theorists from Left and Right, feminist and anti-feminist, have been arguing often seemingly confusing and contradictory viewpoints. Essentially the controversy amounts to disagreement as to whether the growth of the State, and the Welfare State in particular, has actually enhanced the position of families and family ‘solidarity’, or whether it has exacerbated a decline and erosion of what is seen as previously greater family solidarity and support. Both sides tend to suffer equally from a rather monolithic interpretation of both ‘the State’ and ‘the family’.
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