Publications of Loutfi, A.
The Family as a Site of Cultural Autonomy and Freedom: anxieties in legal debates over state regulation of marriage in Hungary, 1867–1895
In the late nineteenth century, a new category of law—‘the family’—spread across and beyond Europe via new legal codes and scholarship. These made explicit the relationship between marriage, the family and the state and emphasised the interiority of the family as a ‘protective’ enclave. Yet the incoherence of this position as it played out in legislative debate is often overlooked. This article examines parliamentary debates over mixed marriages in Hungary, as an interesting window on the state’s inability to clarify political priorities vis-a`-vis the family. Catholic factions and anti-clerical opposition alike were troubled by the idea of state intervention in any form, in a century characterised by a general tendency towards state legislation as a primary source of law. This ambiguity revealed itself as a series of oscillations that were located squarely within the deep ambiguities of modern European legal culture concerning the family as a site of cultural freedom and as a (necessary) target of state intervention. These oscillations undermined what might be described as a straightforward patriarchal approach to gender order in family law.
The dialectics of "stabilisation" and "reform" : juristic and feminist approaches to women's personal status in Hungarian family law, 1880-1914
This article was presented at the 2007 Annual meeting of the Law & Society Association, University of Massachusetts at Amherst( 205 Hampshire HouseAmherst Massachusetts 01003 USA)