From Father's Property To Children's Rights / Edition 1

From Father's Property To Children's Rights / Edition 1

by Mary Ann Mason
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231080476

ISBN-13: 9780231080477

Pub. Date: 05/01/1996

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The recent exponential increase in the number of custody disputes due to divorce, adoption, surrogate motherhood, and artificial insemination makes child custody one of the most hotly debated issues in America today. From Fathers' Property to Children's Rights seeks to clarify fundamental questions about the rights of children and parents in our society through a…  See more details below

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The recent exponential increase in the number of custody disputes due to divorce, adoption, surrogate motherhood, and artificial insemination makes child custody one of the most hotly debated issues in America today. From Fathers' Property to Children's Rights seeks to clarify fundamental questions about the rights of children and parents in our society through a unique and provocative analysis of child custody in the United States from colonial times to the present. The book gracefully combines historical and legal scholarship in an unusually rich perspective on the history of children and their parents. Mason consistently draws on this history to illuminate contemporary issues - the current emphasis on biological parenthood, the proliferation of reproductive technologies, and the growing use and misuse of the social sciences. The author presents crucial periods of change in social attitudes and the law regarding child custody: the adaptation of English common law in the colonial period, the move toward maternal preference and child welfare in the early twentieth century, the advent in the 1970s of no-fault divorce and joint custody, and the growing influence of the social sciences, especially psychology, in contemporary custody disputes. Mason connects these transformations to the changing status of women with respect to culture, law, and politics. In the nineteenth century the political crusade for women's property rights and the cult of motherhood favored the woman in custody battles. In our time Mason shows that the move away from maternal preference toward equal custodial rights was promoted by feminists' struggle for equal political rights and a new theory of equal parenting supported by social scientists. Based on extensive research in case law, legislation, and social history, Mason's timely analysis of current child custody issues is a must for professionals as well as for those interested in family and social history, legal and women's studies, and c

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231080477
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
0.55(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Fathers/Masters: Children/Servants: Child Custody in the Colonial Era2. From Fathers' Rights to Mothers' Love: The Transformation of Child Custody Law in the First Century of the New Republic, 1790-18903. The State as Superparent: The Progressive Era, 1890-19204. In the Best Interest of the Child? 1960-19905. The Ascendancy of the Social Sciences

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