chapter  6
New social networks for families and children in Germany
ByAnnemarie Gerzer-Sass, Rudolph Pettinger
Pages 16

This chapter describes family self-help centres in Germany. Self-help traditionally has an important place in German social policy; while selfhelp organisations are as diverse in Germany as elsewhere, those described here have emerged from a movement of parents. This movement has its origins in the 1968 student revolt against rigid, uncreative norms and practices in the care and education (the German term pedagogy includes both these areas) of children and young people. In Chapter 4, Crescy Cannan refers to the parallel parents’ movement in France.