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:

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This concluding chapter begins by reviewing the preceding discussions. The initial section of the book provided evidence for the centrality of trust in society's choices of which relationships to privilege as well as the effect of community recognition. It also explored how gender and other norms sometimes operate more strongly than laws do in the family context. The second section moved from social norms to social capital. Here trust works like a symptom or product. Finally, the discussion turned to mimetics, a topic virtually untouched by legal academics in a family context. The chapter concludes with recommendations for the building of social capital.

Keywords: trust; community recognition; social norms; family; social capital; mimetics

Chapter.  1786 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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