FEMRAM members publish special issue on critical perspectives on “parental alienation”

Professors Elizabeth Sheehy and Simon Lapierre co-edited a special issue of Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law on critical perspectives on “parental alienation” published on 07 January 2020.

The special issue features work by FEMRAM members Sheehy and LaPierre, Professor Vivienne Elizabeth and Professor Joan Meier.

The issue includes interdisciplinary articles by leading international scholars on developments in Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, England, Wales, and the United States:

Elizabeth, V. (2020). The affective burden of separated mothers in PA(S) inflected custody law systems: A New Zealand case study. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2020.1701943

Feresin, M. (2020). Parental alienation (syndrome) in child custody cases: Survivors’ experiences and the logic of psychosocial and legal services in Italy. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2019.1701924

Lapierre, S., Ladouceur, P., Frenette, M., & Côté, I. (2020). The legitimization and institutionalization of ‘parental alienation’ in the Province of Quebec. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2019.1701922

Mackenzie, D., Herbert, R., & Robertson, N. (2020). ‘It’s Not OK’, but ‘It’ never happened: Parental alienation accusations undermine children’s safety in the New Zealand Family Court. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2020.1701942

Meier, J. S. (2020). U.S. child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations: What do the data show? Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2020.1701941

Sheehy, E., & Lapierre, S. (2020). Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2020.1702409

Vila, G. C. (2020). Parental Alienation Syndrome in Spain: Opposed by the Government but accepted in the Courts. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Online first, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2019.1701923

Elizabeth Sheehy is Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.

Simon LaPierre is Professor of Social Work at the University of Ottawa.

Joan Meier is Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University.

Vivienne Elizabeth is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland.

FemRAM member Francis Dupuis-Déri publishes new book

Professor Dupuis-Déri

Professor Francis Dupuis-Déri has published a new book Antiféminismes et masculinismes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui with co-authors Christine Bard and Mélissa Blais.

Francis Dupuis-Déri is Professor in the Political Science Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

The book draws connections between historical and contemporary antifeminist mobilisations, highlighting the intersection of antifeminism, racism, and homophobia in the past and today. This book is especially important in the context of contemporary right-wing radicalisation and the rise of neo-fascist threats to democracy.

New book from FemRAM member Ana Jordan

Dr Ana Jordan

FemRAM member Ana Jordan recently published The New Politics of Fatherhood: €”Men’s Movements and Masculinities.

The book makes a unique contribution to contemporary research into masculinities, men’s movements, and fathers’ rights groups. It examines the role of changing masculinities in creating equality and/or reinforcing inequality by analysing diverse men’s movements, their politics, and the identities they (re)construct. Jordan advances a typology for categorising men’s movements (‘feminist’, ‘postfeminist’, and ‘backlash’ movements) and addresses debates over the construction of ‘masculinity-in-crisis’, arguing that ‘crisis’ is frequently invoked in problematic ways.

These themes are further explored through original analyses of material produced by ‘feminist’, ‘postfeminist’, and ‘backlash’ men’s groups. The main empirical contribution of the book draws on interviews with fathers’ rights activists to explore the (gendered) implications of the ‘new’ politics of fatherhood. The nuanced examination of fathers’ rights perspectives reveals multiple, complex narratives of masculinity, fatherhood, and gender politics. The cumulative effect of these is, at best, postfeminist and depoliticising, and, at worst, another vitriolic ‘backlash’.
The New Politics of Fatherhood expands scholarly understandings of gender, masculinities, and social movements in the under-researched UK context, and will appeal to readers with interests in these areas.

Dr Jordan is Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader in the School of Social and Political Sciences, College of Social Science at Lincoln University.

Dr Jordan’s research interests and expertise are in the areas of gender politics and feminist theory, with a particular focus on the politics of masculinity and men’s movements. She has published on men’s movements, including the construction of fatherhood(s) and masculinity/ies by fathers’ rights groups, the gender politics of men’s rights groups, and the relationship between backlash, postfeminism and men’s movements. She has also recently conducted research (along with co-investigators) into gender-based violence in universities. The ‘Stand Together’ action research project at the University of Lincoln was one of the first bystander intervention programmes designed to challenge gender-based violence in a UK university.

FemRAM member Joan Meier’s research featured in Washington Post

Professor Joan S. Meier

The Washington Post ran a feature article ‘A gendered trap’: When mothers allege child abuse by fathers, the mothers often lose custody, study show featuring new empirical research on gender bias against women in domestic violence cases in the family court by Fem RAM member Joan Meier, Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School.

Joan Meier is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and the law, appellate litigation, and clinical law teaching. In her more than 20 years at GW, she has founded three interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs, two of which provided legal representation, advocacy, and counseling to victims of domestic violence and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as leading national models. In addition to her years of litigation and teaching, Professor Meier has co-written several significant pieces of federal and state legislation, and frequently delivers presentations and trainings to attorneys, judges, and other professional organizations. She has published widely on domestic violence, and received the Cahn Award from the National Equal Justice Library for her article on domestic violence and welfare reform. Professor Meier’s scholarship focuses on custody and abuse litigation, in particular the misuse of psychological science in custody litigation.