The Neutered Mother, The Sexual Family and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies

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Calling for nothing less than a radical reform of family law and a reconception of intimacy, The Neutered Mother, The Sexual Family, and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies argues strongly against current legal and social policy discussions about the family because they do not have at their core the crucial concepts of caregiving and dependency, as well as the best interests of women and children.

The Neutered Mother scrutinizes the definitions of family and mother throughout the ...

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Overview

Calling for nothing less than a radical reform of family law and a reconception of intimacy, The Neutered Mother, The Sexual Family, and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies argues strongly against current legal and social policy discussions about the family because they do not have at their core the crucial concepts of caregiving and dependency, as well as the best interests of women and children.

The Neutered Mother scrutinizes the definitions of family and mother throughout the volume while paying close attention to issues of race, class and sexuality. In addition, Fienman convincingly contests society's refusal to dignify, support and respond to the needs of caregivers and illustrates the burden they must bear due to this treatment. This book is a crucial step toward defining America's most pressing social policy problems having to do with women, motherhood and the family.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415910279
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/13/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
1 Introduction 1
I Three Vignettes 1
II Family As Usual 6
2 Law, Ideology, and the Perspective of Feminist Legal Theory - Limitations on Imaginations 14
I The Limits of Law 15
II The Role of Ideology 20
III Feminist Legal Theory 24
3 Differences in Context - Feminist Legal Theory and Gendered Lives 34
I The Evolution of Difference in Feminist Legal Thought 36
II Shared Position - The Concept of A Gendered Life 47
4 The Neutered Mother 70
I Mother As Symbol 71
II The Construction of Mother in Law 75
5 The Deviant Mother 101
I The Construction of Maternal Deviancy in Poverty Discourses 106
II The Construction of Maternal Deviancy in the Context of Divorce 118
III Abusive Mothers 122
6 The Sexual Family 145
I Structuring Intimacy 145
II The Sexual or Natural Family as Sacred 150
III The Undeveloped Dependency Discourse 161
7 The Limits of Privacy - The Public Family 177
I The Discourse of Intervention 177
II Privacy and Single Mothers 180
8 Other Tragedies 201
I The Discourse of Fathers' Rights 201
II Differentiating Fathers 208
III Single Mothers and the "Costs" of Responsibility 213
IV The Further Separation of Mother from Child 217
9 Re-Visioning 226
I Re-Visioning Family Law 227
Index 237
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