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The Supportive State: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals

Maxine Eichner


Until now, American political thought and public policy have said little about the centrality of dependency in human lives, and the important role that families serve in dealing with it. Instead, they have generally conceptualized citizens as able adults, ignoring the fact that all citizens are, for significant periods of their lives, dependent on others to meet important needs. Focusing on the dependency of the human condition makes the picture of what citizens need more complex than this current conception would have it: Citizens require more than the liberty and equality that able adults mi ... More

Keywords: liberalism, families, state, feminism, dependency, caretaking, children, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195343212
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxine Eichner, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law
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