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

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$17.81
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.01
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $4.01   
  • New (2) from $21.60   
  • Used (6) from $4.01   

Overview

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. The family today has come to be defined by individuality and choice. Pre-nuptial agreements, non-marital cohabitation, gay and lesbian marriages have all profoundly altered our ideas about marriage and family. In the last few years, reproductive technology and surrogacy have accelerated this process of change at a breathtaking rate. 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 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 it is 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 among 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. Janet L. Dolgin charts the response of the law to modern reproductive technology both as it transforms our image of the family and is itself transformed by the tide of social forces.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Janet Dolgin provides an overview of clashing conceptions of family as revealed in the struggle of courts to deal with the impact of various forms of reproductive technology."

-Hypathia,

"The best book for lawyers to read on the problems of assisted reproduction."

-Jurimetrics,

"Carefully researched . . . In Professor Dolgin's view, the family carried forward the feudal structure of hierarchy, mutual loyalty and lack of individual autonomy into the modern era until, like other institutions, it came under stress from the overriding reality of modern life: marketplace economics."

-New York Law Journal,

"Dolgin argues that [surrogacy and reproductive technologies] have only accelerated a clash in visions of the family that have uneasily coexisted for more than a century."

-Choice,

Choice
Dolgin argues that [surrogacy and reproductive technologies] have only accelerated a clash in visions of the family that have uneasily coexisted for more than a century.
New York Law Journal
Carefully researched . . . In Professor Dolgin's view, the family carried forward the feudal structure of hierarchy, mutual loyalty and lack of individual autonomy into the modern era until, like other institutions, it came under stress from the overriding reality of modern life: marketplace economics.
Jurimetrics
The best book for lawyers to read on the problems of assisted reproduction.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814719176
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet L. Dolgin is the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at Hofstra University School of Law in New York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Transformation of the Family 14
2 Family Law in Transition 32
3 Status and Contract in Surrogate Motherhood 63
4 Unwed Fathers and Surrogate Mothers 94
5 Social Implications of Biological Transformations 134
6 The "Intent" of Reproduction 176
7 Suffer the Children 213
Conclusion 245
Notes 255
Bibliography 273
Index 283
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)