At a time when same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and the rise of single-parent households challenge traditional views of the family, this innovative volume helps readers put such issues into social and legal perspective. Engster and Metz bring together essential readings in political and legal theory and organise them to illuminate pressing contemporary debates on the family: gender and justice, parents and children, the state and globalisation. Justice, Politics, and the Family is an engaging and a diverse addition to the area of critical legal theory and sociology.
“In one volume, the editors have provided a comprehensive collection of foundational readings for any classroom exploration of feminist approaches to justice, politics, and the family.”
—Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University
“An able presentation and restatement of radical and feminist critiques of liberal family law, policy, and practices.”
—Brian J. Shaw, Davidson College
Acknowledgments Introduction Justice and the Family in Western Political Thought, Daniel Engster and Tamara Metz Part I What Is the "Family"? 1 Postmodern Families, Judith Stacey 2 The Family and Civic Life, Jean Bethke Elshtain 3 Families as Relationships of Intimacy and Care, Traci M. Levy Part II Justice, Gender, and the Family 4 Justice, Gender, and the Family, Susan Moller Okin 5 After the Family Wage, Nancy Fraser Part III Parents and Children 6 Is the Family to Be Abolished Then? Veronique Munoz-Darde 7 The Place of Parenting within a Liberal Theory of Justice, Daniel Engster 8 The Child's Right to an Open Future, Joel Feinberg Part IV Families and the State 9 The Myth of State Intervention in the Family, Frances E. Olsen 10 Just Marriage, Mary Lyndon Shanley 11 The Liberal Case for Disestablishing Marriage, Tamara Metz Part V: Multiculturalism, the Family, and Dilemmas of Justice 12 Cultural Diversity and Child Protection, Alison Dundes Renteln 13 Polygamy in America, Sarah Song Part VI Globalization and the Family 14 Global Care Chains and Emotional Surplus Value, Arlie Russell Hochschild 15 Deportation and the Parent-Child Relationship, David B. Thronson About the Contributors Credits