Child, Family and State: NOMOS XLIV

Child, Family and State: NOMOS XLIV

by Stephen Macedo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814756824

ISBN-13: 9780814756829

Pub. Date: 02/10/2003

Publisher: New York University Press

In an era in which our conception of what constitutes a “normal” family has undergone remarkable changes, questions have arisen regarding the role of the state in “normalizing” families through public policy. In what ways should the law seek to facilitate, or oppose, parenting and child-rearing practices that depart from the “nuclear

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In an era in which our conception of what constitutes a “normal” family has undergone remarkable changes, questions have arisen regarding the role of the state in “normalizing” families through public policy. In what ways should the law seek to facilitate, or oppose, parenting and child-rearing practices that depart from the “nuclear family” with two heterosexual parents? What should the state's stance be on single parent families, unwed motherhood, or the adoption of children by gay and lesbian parents? How should authority over child rearing and education be divided between parents and the state? And how should the state deal with the inequalities that arise from birthright citizenship?

Through critical essays divided into four parts-Adoption, Race, and Public Policy; Education and Parental Authority; Same Sex Families; and Birthright Citizenship-Child, Family, and State considers the philosophical, political, and legal dilemmas that surround these difficult and divisive questions. An invaluable resource in these contentious debates, Child, Family, and State illuminates the moral questions that lie before policymakers and citizens when contemplating the future of children and families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814756829
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Series:
Nomos Ser.
Pages:
431
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents


PART I: ADOPTION, RACE, AND PUBLIC POLICY
1. Toward New Understandings of Adoption: Individuals and Relationships in Transracial and Open Adoption
2. Placing the Adoptive Self
3. The Child Welfare System’s Racial Harm
4. Is Complaint a Moral Argument?
5. Comments on Dorothy Roberts’s “The Child Welfare System’s Racial Harm”
6. Legal Fictions and Family Romances: Contesting Paradigms of Child Placement
PART II: EDUCATION AND PARENTAL AUTHORITY
7. Parents, Government, and Children: Authority over Education in the Liberal Democratic State
8. Taking Children’s Interests Seriously
9. The Proper Scope of Parental Authority: Why We Don’t Owe Children an “Open Future”
PART III: SAME-SEX FAMILIES
10. Children’s Rights in Gay and Lesbian Families: A Child-Centered Perspective
11. Relationship Rights for a Queer Society: Why Gay Activism Needs to Move Away from the Right to Marry
PART IV: BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP
12. Children of a Lesser State: Sustaining Global Inequality through Citizenship Laws
13. Moral Equality and Birthright Citizenship

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