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
Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time
Wills and testaments have provided historians such as the late Shona Kelly Wray with access to the daily, social, and inner lives of medieval people: their ambitions, their family structures, the material conditions of their lives, their thoughts
The cycle of child displacement in the Russian north
Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill
Due to profound socioeconomic and political changes in post-Soviet Russia, the number of families viewed as neblagopoluchnye and 'unfit' for bringing up their children is increasing, and so is the number of children without parental care. To protect children from the harmful influence of their 'unfit' parents and to ensure a better future for them, state agents remove children from their families placing them in residential care institutions. Yet the nature of parenting in state care, the absence of inter-generational support and the lack of networks for family support and assistance render some of these young people ill equipped to deal successfully with the difficulties and uncertainties of post-Soviet social realities. Usually the state agents hold care-leavers responsible for their maladjustment and place the former residents' children in residential care institutions. This leads to the creation of whole 'dynasties' of institutionalised individuals. This article outlines some concepts and practices of child removal, demonstrating that both are still underpinned by Soviet values. Institutional experiences as narrated by former residents illustrate the genesis of difficulties in post-institutional adjustment.
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
’s response was a deeply emotional one. He felt that I could not begin to understand what it meant to be a circumcised man. He was not about to put a stop to a tradition he shared with his father and generations of his family. He would feel unable to bond with
A Muslim Perspective – Part II
In our plural society, interfaith marriages and multicultural families have become a new normal and are either considered problematic for the religious communities or welcomed as a contribution to a secular and more peaceful world. In the course of my work with European Muslims, I could accompany such families through a few generations. In this article, I am going to outline some typical challenges and crises in such relationships and their effects on young people growing up in mixed families, adding my observations of how they can be dealt with. Ultimately, there is a chance that, through dialogue, it provides a meaningful learning environment that prepares young people for the diverse reality of the world today.
A Christian Perspective
This article is a very personal statement concerning parts of my own biography and my family life. But more than that, it is an encouragement to dare to find peaceful and creative ways of living together in an intercultural and interreligious context, within the privacy of a partnership and family as well as within a society and within this world. The private space always has a very broad and political aspect as well. That is what motivates me to share these very personal experiences.
A Family Story
connection, and Talia has her own favorites from Grandma: les boulettes au céleri, le tchatchouka , and most simply, les petits oignons . Nonetheless, I wanted to pass on to her a more historicized link to her paternal family and an understanding of their
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
Rethinking the Reception of The Book of the Duchess
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