Child, Family and State: NOMOS XLIV

Child, Family and State: NOMOS XLIV

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Child, Family and State: NOMOS XLIV by Stephen Macedo

In an era in which our conception of what constitutes a “normal” family has undergone remarkable changes, questions have arisen regarding the role of the state in “normalizing” families through public policy. In what ways should the law seek to facilitate, or oppose, parenting and child-rearing practices that depart from the “nuclear family” with two heterosexual parents? What should the state's stance be on single parent families, unwed motherhood, or the adoption of children by gay and lesbian parents? How should authority over child rearing and education be divided between parents and the state? And how should the state deal with the inequalities that arise from birthright citizenship?

Through critical essays divided into four parts-Adoption, Race, and Public Policy; Education and Parental Authority; Same Sex Families; and Birthright Citizenship-Child, Family, and State considers the philosophical, political, and legal dilemmas that surround these difficult and divisive questions. An invaluable resource in these contentious debates, Child, Family, and State illuminates the moral questions that lie before policymakers and citizens when contemplating the future of children and families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479892129
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 02/10/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 431
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephen Macedo is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the Director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Iris Marion Young is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

PART I: ADOPTION, RACE, AND PUBLIC POLICY1. Toward New Understandings of Adoption: Individuals and Relationships in Transracial and Open Adoption 2. Placing the Adoptive Self3. The Child Welfare System’s Racial Harm 4. Is Complaint a Moral Argument?5. Comments on Dorothy Roberts’s “The Child Welfare System’s Racial Harm” 6. Legal Fictions and Family Romances: Contesting Paradigms of Child Placement PART II: EDUCATION AND PARENTAL AUTHORITY7. Parents, Government, and Children: Authority over Education in the Liberal Democratic State 8. Taking Children’s Interests Seriously9. The Proper Scope of Parental Authority: Why We Don’t Owe Children an “Open Future”PART III: SAME-SEX FAMILIES10. Children’s Rights in Gay and Lesbian Families: A Child-Centered Perspective 11. Relationship Rights for a Queer Society: Why Gay Activism Needs to Move Away from the Right to Marry PART IV: BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP12. Children of a Lesser State: Sustaining Global Inequality through Citizenship Laws 13. Moral Equality and Birthright Citizenship 

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