Norms within Families, or the Family Community

in Family, Law, and Community

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226074993
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075020 | DOI:
Norms within Families, or the Family Community

Show Summary Details


This chapter, which focuses on the building of trust between members of the family—how this is achieved and just what it means—first considers the work done by eminent law and economics scholars to explain how social norms work in families and households. It then turns to the scholarship from other disciplines—psychology, political science, and sociology—that describes networks of trust, called social capital, primarily in larger units than the family. The chapter takes the larger social capital theory and moves it back into the family sphere, where it, like the other forms of capital, financial and human, helps families produce the “goods” of intimacy and flourishing. Love and trust are not only part of what might be called the family's production function, helping the couple or parents to succeed, but are also part of the constituent individuals' utility function.

Keywords: trust; family; social norms; social capital; love; intimacy

Chapter.  17428 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Family Law

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.