The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and
Responsibility. By Linda C. McClain. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press, 2006. 392p. $45.00.
Linda McClain's excellent book provides a comprehensive account
of the political issues concerning families in United States public policy
and a coherent perspective from which to evaluate proposals for change in
these policies. Writing as a liberal feminist, McClain has an approach
that will not please everyone, but since her starting point takes families
seriously as political units, no serious discussant in these debates can
ignore this book.