ERIC Number: ED214680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
What "Is" Pro-Family Policy? Proceedings of the Bush Interest Group/Symposium (New Haven, Connecticut, May 18-20, 1981).
Muenchow, Susan, Ed.; McFarland, Mary Lang, Ed.
In these proceedings of a May 1981 symposium, the origins of the New Right and its efforts to capture the "pro-family" label for itself are explored. Also addressed is the question of why there are two opposing children's lobbies, one conservative and one more liberal. Special emphasis was placed on the Family Protection Act and on federal budget cutbacks in child and family programs. "Excesses" of liberal style and more substantive factors -- most notably the persistent devaluation of the homemaker and what Alan Crawford called "the systematic sanctification of liberal sexuality" -- were cited as possible explanations for the rise of the New Right pro-family movement. Alternatives to present policies which affect families as well as the question of an appropriate federal role were also explored at the symposium. Policy issues were discussed, such as policies designed to ease the conflict between work and child care, and indirect federal subsidies to families. While participants conveyed the impression that a national family policy might be as undesirable as it appears unachievable, there was a sense that participants should work to bring family issues to the attention of the Reagan administration. A synopsis of the 1981 Family Protection Act, a comparison of the Act with the original Laxalt bill, and a postscript on the current status of some provisions of the Family Protection Act are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.
Identifiers: Conservatism; Liberalism; Media Role; New Right