POLS 0340 - Politics and "The Family"

Credits: 3

This course considers contemporary battles over definition and control of the family as a political issue, and questions assumptions about the family and its relationship to the state with attention to effects of sex, class, race, ethnicity, and sexual preference on public and private aspects of family lives. It examines the place of the family in classical, modern, and contemporary political thought, traces how and why the family has been situated in the context of public problems, and considers what this means to family identity and to the relationship between families and democracy.

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