The family, children and parenting in the news debate: shared residence as law
Keywords:shared residence as law, legislative change, change representations of parenting and the family, single residence
Drawing on mixed content analysis of newspaper articles, the article investigates the representation of family, children, and parenting practices in news stories about making shared residency (SR) a law. Opponents of SR used the traditional model of parenting and family to evoke the dangerous, ideal, privatised family; the at-risk child; the dangerous and inadequate father; and the at-risk mother. Drawing on egalitarianism, supporters portrayed the egalitarian, unequal, changing family; the relational, rights-bearing child; the discriminated, caring, reconstructed father; and the dangerous, change-resistant, overburdened mother.
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