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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.
PART I. THINKING ABOUT THE FAMILY: PHILOSOPHY'S CONTRIBUTION
1. The family
2. Permanent relations? Love, marriage and philosophical lives
3. From philosophy to law
4. The changing role of women
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