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SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PREGNANT WOMEN AND JUVENILE MOTHERS: CONFRONTING PRESENT DAY LEGISLATION IN GERMANY WITH THE PIONEERING THOUGHTS OF J. H. PESTALOZZI

Burkhard Müller

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 18, issue 3, pages 385-393
Published in print December 2004 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online December 2004 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/18.3.385
SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PREGNANT WOMEN AND JUVENILE MOTHERS: CONFRONTING PRESENT DAY LEGISLATION IN GERMANY WITH THE PIONEERING THOUGHTS OF J. H. PESTALOZZI

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The Swiss pedagogue and philanthropist J. H. Pestalozzi (1746–1827) was possibly the first author to develop a concept of direct state responsibility for the children of young unwed mothers. He argued that the state should take care of them because state legislation is responsible for the fate of these children. The paper connects this idea to the present German Law on Assistance to Children and Youth (‘Kinder- und Jugendhilfe-Gesetz’ or KJHG) and makes the point that the logic of Pestalozzi’s benevolent paternalism in an ambivalent way is still inherent in today’s social work. Finally, the problem of reconciling the logic of ‘care’ with the logic of a democratic practice of welfare services is discussed.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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