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Defining the Family : Law, Technology, and Reproduction in an Uneasy Age - Janet L. Dolgin

Defining the Family

Law, Technology, and Reproduction in an Uneasy Age

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780814719176
Number Of Pages: 287

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"Defining the Family: Law, Technology, and Reproduction in an Uneasy Age" provides a sweeping portrait of the family in American law from the nineteenth century to the present. The family today has come to be defined by individuality and choice. Pre-nuptial agreements, non-marital cohabitation, gay and lesbian marriages have all profoundly altered our ideas about marriage and family. In the last few years, reproductive technology and surrogacy have accelerated this process of change at a breathtaking rate. Once simple questions have taken on a dizzying complexity: Who are the real parents of a child? What are the relationships and responsibilities between a child, the woman who carried it to term, and the egg donor? Between viable sperm and the wife of a dead donor?

The courts and the law have been wildly inconsistent and indecisive when grappling with these questions. Should these cases be decided in light of laws governing contracts and property? Or it is more appropriate to act in the best interests of the child, even if that child is unborn, or even unconceived? No longer merely settling disputes among family members, the law is now seeing its own role expand, to the point where it is asked to regulate situations unprecedented in human history. Janet L. Dolgin charts the response of the law to modern reproductive technology both as it transforms our image of the family and is itself transformed by the tide of social forces.

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"Carefully researched . . . In Professor Dolgin's view, the family carried forward the feudal structure of hierarchy, mutual loyalty and lack of individual autonomy into the modern era until, like other institutions, it came under stress from the overriding reality of modern life: marketplace economics."

-New York Law Journal

Introductionp. 1
The Transformation of the Familyp. 14
Family Law in Transitionp. 32
Status and Contract in Surrogate Motherhoodp. 63
Unwed Fathers and Surrogate Mothersp. 94
Social Implications of Biological Transformationsp. 134
The "Intent" of Reproductionp. 176
Suffer the Childrenp. 213
Conclusionp. 245
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780814719176
ISBN-10: 0814719171
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.01  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.41