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The Notion of Family in Lithuanian and Swedish Social Legislation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5339-0872
Vytautas Magnus University, Social Work Department.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1940-1811
2018 (English)In: Social Policy and Society, ISSN 1474-7464, E-ISSN 1475-3073, Vol. 17, no 4, p. 651-663Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the conceptualisation of family in key social legislative documents guiding social workers in two European countries, whose welfare systems have previously been labelled as re-familialised (Lithuania) or de-familialised (Sweden). The focus is on the concept of family as delineated on three legislative levels: the constitutional level, the general family policy level, and the child welfare policy level. ‘Family’ is explicit in Lithuanian law, and the regulation of family formation and responsibility is imperative, while this is much less so in Swedish law. The analysis reveals how general welfare systems (regime-types) are linked to legislative frameworks, which, in turn, provide fundamentally different conditions for social work in different contexts.

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Cambridge University Press, 2018. Vol. 17, no 4, p. 651-663
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Family policy, social legislation, welfare regime, comparative research, social work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151325DOI: 10.1017/S1474746418000192ISI: 000443420300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151325DiVA, id: diva2:1244260
Available from: 2018-08-31 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved

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