Defining the Family: Law, Technology, and Reproduction in An Uneasy Age / Edition 1

Defining the Family: Law, Technology, and Reproduction in An Uneasy Age / Edition 1

by Janet L. Dolgin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814719171

ISBN-13: 9780814719176

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: New York University Press

Today, the family has come to be defined by individuality and choice. 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 the child and the sperm donor? Between viable sperm and the wife of a dead…  See more details below

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Today, the family has come to be defined by individuality and choice. 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 the child and the sperm 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 is it 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 between 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. 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. Janet Dolgin charts the response of the law to modern reproductive technology as it both transforms our image of the family and is itself transformed by the tide of social forces.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719176
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Transformation of the Family14
2Family Law in Transition32
3Status and Contract in Surrogate Motherhood63
4Unwed Fathers and Surrogate Mothers94
5Social Implications of Biological Transformations134
6The "Intent" of Reproduction176
7Suffer the Children213
Conclusion245
Notes255
Bibliography273
Index283

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