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Interfaith Families

A Christian Perspective

Ulrike Dross-Gehring

Last summer, when I was asked to give the introductory talk on the theme of ‘interfaith families’ from a Christian perspective, my first reaction was: but I'm not an expert! So, I'm neither a theologian nor a sociologist, and I can't give a highly

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Interfaith Families

A Muslim Perspective – Part II

Halima Krausen

I could now add my own story of how I grew up in the tension field between Protestant and Catholic family members and in the shadows of recent German history, or the years as the only Muslim teenager in my school in the 1960s, or of my years in the

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Family on the Edge

Neblagopoluchnaia Family and the State in Yakutsk and Magadan, Russian Federation

Lena Sidorova and Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

This article is about a category of family, or parent(s), called in Russia neblagopoluchnaia and the ways in which the state child welfare agents reproduce and use this category in an attempt to ensure the well-being of children in Yakutsk

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Luísa Schmidt, Ana Horta, Augusta Correia, and Susana Fonseca

In a time of economic crisis the need to adopt energy conservation practices comes to the fore. It is helpful to evaluate the role of young people as both consumers and potential agents of change bridging the gap between school and family to encourage lower household energy consumption. Based on two surveys of parents and students of a secondary school in Lisbon, plus in-depth interviews with parents, this article analyzes the complexity of this challenge, highlighting adults' perceptions of their children's contribution to energy saving. Results show that parents see young people as major energy consumers. Young people's engagement with electronic equipment as essential components of their lifestyles and their belief in technology as a solution to energy problems thwart them from being promoters of energy saving. In this context of scarcity, parents try to protect their children's well-being and opportunities in life by accepting their children's unrestricted energy use.

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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

Historical Milestones In 1993, Judith Tucker complained about the ‘neglect of serious research’ on the family in Arab countries, which she attributed to the Orientalistic assumption that the Arab family ‘is one monolithic institution’ as opposed to

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Niki Megalommati

of Byzantine women in family law focuses on the Middle Byzantine period (726–1204). In this era a considerable number of legal enactments were issued both by the state and the church. Laws are significant sources of evidence; they define general

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Interfaith Families

A Muslim Perspective – Part I

Karin (Karima) Paustian

When Halima Krausen asked me to present this paper with her, I did not believe that I would be the right person to do so as I do not live in a multi-religious family. However, she made me aware that it does not only apply to the immediate family

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Blanche, Two Chaucers and the Stanley Family

Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess

Simon Meecham-Jones

family, and presumably written between Blanche’s death in 1368 (or 1369) 13 and John of Gaunt’s remarriage in 1371. 14 The theory of a close and companionable bond between Chaucer and John of Gaunt, the dominant political magnate of the age, has long

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Interfaith Families

A Jewish Perspective

Edward van Voolen

all living in an open society, and not surprisingly many of them – this is the case for around 50 per cent of Jews – get intimately involved with people from another tradition. This is a new situation and a new challenge, which all of us, families

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Kate Atkinson's Family Romance

Missing Mothers and Hidden Histories in Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Sinead McDermott

From her first novel, Behind the Scenes At the Museum, to her most recent, Case Histories, Kate Atkinson's fiction can be described as attempting to rewrite and revision the family. All of her novels present us with families that have been altered or reshaped in some way, usually because of the loss of a mother or a child. Her narratives are driven by the need to account for these losses: to discover the fate of the missing family members, and in the process to uncover often unpleasant family secrets. In Atkinson's fictions, the family is revealed as a disturbing place, the site of violence, resentments and jealousies as much as love and affection. At the same time, the continued return to family plots in her novels suggests that the family, regardless of its flaws, is not an institution that either she or her protagonists can easily leave behind. Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes At The Museum, like her later fiction, is both an attempt to critique and debunk received notions of family, and an exploration of familial loss and longing.