This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies. That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to each other, genetic parents; that this relationship between parents is also the ideal relationship between romantic or sexual partners; and that romance and sexual intimacy ought to be at the core of our closest personal relationships - all these elements converge towards the ideal of the nuclear family. The authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from this ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through current and prospective modes of assisted human reproduction such as surrogate motherhood, donor insemination, and reproductive cloning.
Families: Beyond the nuclear ideal discusses various 'alternative' family forms in Western societies...the coverage of the book is impressive - it encompasses families with more than two parents, families with children conceived through donor insemination and surrogacy, families with lesbian and single heterosexual mothers, polygamous and polyamorous families, and families that may emerge in the future as a result of human cloning...the publication will certainly be useful to those readers who would like to expand their 'everyday' understanding of 'non-traditional families by looking at what ethics, philosophy and law have to say about them. -- Robert Pralat BioNews Families: Beyond the Nuclear Ideal is a volume with many challenging ideas on the current ethical and legal grounds of family foundation and partnership. Although provocative to some, the thesis that current changes and variations in family structures, partly instigated by development in reproductive technologies, call for a reassessment of current legal and ethical thinking, stand. As such, it is a 'must read' for all those interested in the ethics, sociology and law of reproduction, parenting and child rearing. -- Kristien Hens, Maastricht University Ethical Perspectives 20130601
Chapter 1: Daniela Cutas and Sarah Chan, Introduction: Perspectives on Private and Family Life Chapter 2: Julie McCandless, The Role of Sexual Partnership in UK Family Law: the Case of Legal Parenthood Chapter 3: Mianna Lotz, The Two-Parent Limitation in ART Parentage Law: Old Fashioned Law for New-Fashioned Families Chapter 4: Christian Munthe and Thomas Hartvigsson, The Best Interest of Children and the Basis of Family Policy: The Issue of Reproductive Caring Units Chapter 5: Joanna Scheib and Paul Hastings, Donor-conceived Children Raised by Lesbian Couples: Socialization and Development in a New Form of Planned Family Chapter 6: David Gurnham, Donor-conception as a 'Dangerous Supplement' to the Nuclear Family: What can we learn from parents' stories? Chapter 7: Susanna Graham, Choosing Single Motherhood? Single Women Negotiating the Nuclear Family Ideal Chapter 8: Mary Shanley and Sujatha Jesudason, Surrogacy:Reinscribing or Pluralizing Understandings of Family? Chapter 9: Adrienne Asch, Licensing Parents: Regulating Assisted Reproduction Chapter 10: Simon Cabulea May, Liberal Feminism and the Ethics of Polygamy Chapter 11: Maura Irene Strassberg, Distinguishing Polygamy and Polyamory Under the Criminal Law Chapter 12: Dossie Easton, Sex and Relationships: reflections on living outside the box Chapter 13: Kerry Lynn Macintosh, Human Cloning and the Family in the New Millenium Chapter 14: Melinda Roberts, Moral and Legal Constraints on Human Reproductive Cloning
Series: Science Ethics and Society
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 22nd November 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Edition Number: 1