Unravelling Law's Kinning Practices: Feminism, Fictive Families and the Albert Kennedy Trust

Carr, Helen and Hunter, C. (2012) Unravelling Law's Kinning Practices: Feminism, Fictive Families and the Albert Kennedy Trust. Feminist Legal Studies, 20 (2). pp. 105-120. ISSN 0966-3622. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In 1989 Smart problematised law as a masculinist knowledge which disqualified other forms of knowledge, particularly feminism. Twenty-one years later Smart characterises the relationship between law and feminism quite differently. In this account law responds to feminism and outcomes are progressive. Smart suggests that rather than continuing to focus on law’s disciplinary and normalising role, it is more productive to conceptualise contemporary family law as a creative kinning practice. We argue, however, that we must also bring into this account the changes to the state brought about by neo-liberalism. The paper tests these observations about the trajectories of feminism, law and neo-liberalism by reflecting upon our study of the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT). AKT was established in 1989, in the wake of gay and lesbian resistance to Clause 28, to provide homes with gay and lesbian adults for homeless gay and lesbian teenagers. We are interested in AKT’s shift in its description of the adults’ relationship with the teenagers in their care from ‘brothers and sisters’ to ‘carers’ as it moved from a marginal force to mainstream partner/provider. In this context we explore the complexity of law’s responsiveness to feminism’s dynamism, its contingent recognition of kinning practices and, in the light of neo-liberalism, its continuing disciplinary role.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2013 13:40
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30057 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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