chapter  10
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Looking Back to Move Forward: Lessons From the History of Family Policy

The essence of doing science is discovery. And that means more than uncovering new facts. The important thing may not be new facts. It may more likely be new ways of thinking about old facts.

—H. Priestley (1980)

• Since the fi eld of family policy originated in the 1970s, what are some of the controversies, dilemmas, and stumbling blocks that it has overcome?