Having and Raising Children: Unconventional Families, Hard Choices, and the Social Good / Edition 1

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As the term "family values" achieves prominence in the rhetoric of political debate, the social issues at the heart of today's political controversies deserve to be studied in depth. This volume brings together a group of philosophers, political scientists, and legal scholars to explore a wide range of specific topics dealing with the legal, ethical, and political dimensions of familial relationships. Topics addressed include the rights of unwed fathers, the nature of children's autonomy, children's rights to divorce their parents, parental rights with respect to medical treatment and religious education of children, surrogate parenting, same-sex parenting, and single-parent families. Collectively, the essays point out that many contemporary issues pertaining to the having and raising of children pose genuinely hard choices for public policy makers, for those who make and enforce the laws, and for citizens who would like to engage in informed and critical democratic debate on these issues.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Having and Raising Children is a collection of useful, thought-provoking, and strongly argued papers. The collection almost uniformly presupposes the context of United States law and policy.”
—Christine Overall, Canadian Journal of Political Science

“It is difficult in a short review to do justice to a volume containing eleven separate, generally well-argued essays devoted to an unusually wide range of issues concerning Having and Raising Children.”
—Isaac D. Balbus, Hypatia

“It is certainly too bad that we have no satisfactory theory of parenthood or childhood. But, until we do, this collection can serve as a model for the thoughtful and responsible consideration of many of the significant issues such a theory could be expected to resolve.”
—Gareth B. Matthews, Ethics

Contributors from the fields of law, philosophy, and political science discuss the less traditional permutations of the parent-child relationship at the heart of current moral, social, and political debates over family values. Eleven essays favor the liberal side of such controversial policy issues as: unwed fathers' rights; parental claims in light of new reproductive technologies; whether Heather can indeed have two mommies; whether children should be able to divorce their parents; and parental religious freedom rights in medical decision-making. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271018874
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia J. Bartkowiak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

Uma Narayan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. She is the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third World Feminism (1997), which won the 1998 Victoria Schuck award of the American Political Science Association, and co-editor (with Mary Lyndon Shanley) of Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives (Penn State, 1997), which received an honorable mention for the same award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Mothers, Citizenship, and Independence: A Critique of Pure Family Values 15
2 Fathers' Rights, Mothers' Wrongs? Reflections on Unwed Fathers' Rights and Sex Equality 39
3 Family Ties: Rethinking Parental Claims in the Light of Surrogacy and Custody 65
4 A Parent(ly) Knot: Can Heather Have Two Mommies? 87
5 Family Relationships and Reproductive Technology 103
6 Privacy and Equal Protection as Bases for Abortion Law: Citizenship, Gender, and the Constitution 119
7 Circumscribed Autonomy: Children, Care, and Custody 137
8 Boundaries of Authority: Should Children Be Able to Divorce Their Parents? 153
9 Regulating Sexuality: Gender Identity Disorder, Children's Rights, and the State 163
10 Protecting Faith Versus Protecting Futures: Religious Freedom and Parental Rights in Medical Decision Making for Children 177
11 Fear of God: Religious Education of Children and the Social Good 193
List of Contributors 209
Index 211
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