Defining the Family: Law, Technology, and Reproduction in An by Janet L. Dolgin

By Janet L. Dolgin

Defining the family members: legislation, expertise, and copy in an Uneasy Age presents a sweeping portrait of the relations in American legislations from the 19th century to the current. The kin this day has grow to be outlined through individuality and selection. Pre-nuptial agreements, non-marital cohabitation, homosexual and lesbian marriages have all profoundly altered our principles approximately marriage and relatives. within the previous few years, reproductive know-how and surrogacy have sped up this means of swap at a wide ranging cost. as soon as basic questions have taken on a dizzying complexity: who're the true mom and dad of a kid? What are the relationships and obligations among a toddler, the girl who carried it to time period, and the egg donor? among doable sperm and the spouse of a lifeless donor?

The courts and the legislation were wildly inconsistent and indecisive whilst grappling with those questions. may still those situations be determined in mild of legislation governing contracts and estate? Or it truly is extra acceptable to behave within the most sensible pursuits of the kid, no matter if that kid is unborn, or maybe unconceived? now not only settling disputes between relatives, the legislation is now seeing its personal function extend, to the purpose the place it's requested to manage occasions unparalleled in human historical past. Janet L. Dolgin charts the reaction of the legislations to trendy reproductive expertise either because it transforms our photograph of the kinfolk and is itself reworked through the tide of social forces.

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