Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal

Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal

by Daniela Cutas
     
 

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This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies.

That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to

Overview

This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies.

That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to each other, genetic parents; that this relationship between parents is also the ideal relationship between romantic or sexual partners; and that romance and sexual intimacy ought to be at the core of our closest personal relationships - all these elements converge towards the ideal of the nuclear family.

The authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from this ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through current and prospective modes of assisted human reproduction such as surrogate motherhood, donor insemination, and reproductive cloning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780930107
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/17/2013
Series:
Science Ethics and Society Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Daniela Cutas is Research Fellow in Practical Philosophy at the Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, as well as at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Sarah Chan Research Fellow in Bioethics and Law, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester, UK.

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