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Family Matters : Readings on Family Lives and the Law - Martha L. Minow

Family Matters

Readings on Family Lives and the Law

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As debates over family values preoccupy politicians and the public, judges and legislators grapple with even more basic questions. What is a family? Who should count as a family member, and with what consequences for obligations and benefits? Interracial adoption, new reproductive technologies, and gay and lesbian relationships provide simply a few of the settings in which these questions acquire contemporary urgency. The materials assembled here provide a basis for studying these themes and many others in U.S. family law and family lives. Whether used to enhance personal insight or professional competence, Family Matters should provide food for thought and nourishment for the collective lives of families and communities.

What Is a Family?
Images of Family As Haven, Family As Hell
Blood Relationsp. 2
Royal Beatingsp. 5
Definitions of Family: Who's In, Who's Out, and Who Decides
The New Familyp. 22
Personal Kindredsp. 23
Danny in Transitp. 31
Friends At Lastp. 42
Entering families: Fact or Law?
Becoming a Parent
Choosing Parenthood
Hand-Me-Down Dreamsp. 46
Pregnant on Purposep. 47
A Market for Babiesp. 56
Where Do Black Children Belong?: The Politics of Race-Matching in Adoptionp. 66
Comment on "Where Do Black Children Belong?"p. 94
New Reproductive Technologies
Do New Reproductive Techniques Threaten the Family?p. 96
Inside the Surrogate Industryp. 104
Foster Care
Why Should I Give My Baby Back?p. 115
Foster Care and the Politics of Compassionp. 117
Mothering vs. Fathering
Night Pieces: For a Childp. 125
Justice, Gender, and the Familyp. 125
Pregnancy Leave Discriminates Against Men!p. 129
The New Fatherp. 130
Who May Marry?
An Impossible Marriage: Slave Law and Family Lawp. 142
Some Complicating Thoughts on Same-Sex Marriagep. 157
Most Like an Arch this Marriagep. 169
Cohabiting Without Marriage
Deconstructing Contract Doctrinep. 170
Into the Badlandsp. 178
Violence and Neglect
Violence in Families, Neglect by the State
Intimate Violencep. 188
Violence in Intimate Relationshipsp. 200
Social Policy and Elder Abusep. 206
"Words and the Door to the Land of Change": Law, Language, and Family Violence, part onep. 209
Neglect by Families, Violence by the State
I Stand Here Ironingp. 216
Haven in a Heartless World: The Family Besiegedp. 221
No Name Maddox, Case History of Charles Mansonp. 223
Race, Gender and Violence Against Womenp. 230
Making an Issue of Child Abusep. 232
Responding to Violence and Neglect
For Shelter and Beyondp. 246
Welcome and Rulesp. 257
Women's Experience and the Problem of Transitionp. 261
"Words and the Door to the Land of Change": Law, Language, and Family Violence, part twop. 272
Debates Over "State Intervention"
The Myth of State Intervention in the Familyp. 277
Medical Treatment Decisions
A Reckoningp. 283
As Family Protests, Hospital Seeks an End to Woman's Life Supportp. 285
Guardianship of Phillip Beckerp. 288
Pact on Custody Leads to Surgeryp. 299
Representing Lesbiansp. 301
Family Break-Up and Reorganization
Why Should the State Care?
Epilogue: The Pursuit of Happinessp. 309
But Where Are The Menp. 314
New Family Carp. 324
Consider the Consequences: Review of Lenore Weitzman's The Divorce Revolutionp. 329
Child Custody, Visitation, and Support
The Politics of Family Lawp. 336
Cultural Perspectives on Child Welfarep. 344
Child Support and Visitation: Rethinking the Connectionsp. 349
Justifying the Continued Use of Jailp. 353
Family Structure, Black Unemployment and American Social Policyp. 361
Access to Lawyers, Access to Court, Access to Law
Northside Secretarial Service: Charge of Unauthorized Practicep. 365
Lawyers and Legal Consciousness: Law Talk in the Divorce Lawyer's Officep. 373
Pro Se Divorce: A Strategy for Empowering Womenp. 377
Alternatives to Court, Alternatives to Law, Alternatives to Family Law
The New Mediatorsp. 382
Divorce Mediation: A Critical Overviewp. 384
Dominant Discourse, Professional Language, and Legal Change in Child Custody Decision-Makingp. 387
The Anti-Social Familyp. 397
Love Is Not The Problemp. 412
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ISBN: 9781565840423
ISBN-10: 1565840429
Series: Law in context series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st April 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1