Family Justice, Everyday Life, and Welfare Professions
The theoretical framework of this proposal is based on contributions by Boszormenyi-Nagy in respect of justice management in families. Family justice is present in many aspects of everyday life: who will take care of a sick grandparent, who will stop studying in situations of economic scarcity, who will inherit the prosperous family business… This phenomenon surpasses the standard disciplinary field: for psychology or social work it is too philosophical and moral while for sociology it is too specific and private. The concept is at a crossroads of knowledge: philosophic and moral, legal and criminal, family-based and social, transgenerational and intra-psychic. Family justice is both a visible and invisible network between the members of living generations, the legacy of those who disappeared, and the expectations of the non-born: a criminal act or an economic privilege can become a ‘misadjusted’ means to restore justice in the privacy of a family. Using family justice as a basis allows welfare professionals to fulfill two goals: on the one hand, to restore a healthier order for individuals and families and, on the other, to have an analysis framework for their intervention and evaluation of their task.
Keywords: Justice, Families, Interdisciplinarity, Social Intervention
University of Valencia