The Fragmenting Family
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The Fragmenting Family

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ISBN-13:
9780199267958
Einband:
Buch
Seiten:
259
Autor:
Brenda Almond
Gewicht:
431 g
Format:
224x153x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Challenges the liberal consensus about personal relationships, maintaining that the traditional family is fragmenting in Western societies, and that this fragmentation is a cause of serious social problems. This book presents an ideology according to which the family is seen as a social construction, a set of legal and social relationships.
Introduction; PART I. UNDERSTANDING FAMILY: PHILOSOPHY'S CONTRIBUTION; 1. The family; 2. Permanent relations? Love, marriage and philosophical lives; 3. From philosophy to law; 4. Feminist aims, family consequences; PART II. SHAPING FAMILIES: SCIENCE'S CONTRIBUTION; 5. Having and not having children; 6. New reproductive technologies: Whose human rights?; PART III. NEW FRONTIERS: FAMILY, LAW AND POLITICS; 7. Family choices: what do children really want?; 8. Law, policy-making and the contemporary family; PART IV. PRESERVING IDENTITIES: A FUTURE FOR THE FAMILY?; 9. Family, identity, and community; 10. Finding a way through the wood
Brenda Almond throws down a timely challenge to liberal consensus about personal relationships. She maintains that the traditional family is fragmenting in Western societies, and that this fragmentation is a cause of serious social problems. She urges that we reconsider our attitudes to sex and reproduction in order to strengthen our most important social institution, the family.