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The Public Family Exploring Its Role in Democratic Societies

by David J. (Professor of Law and Dean, University of Pittsburg, USA) Herring

The Public Family Exploring Its Role in Democratic Societies Synopsis

In The Public Family David Herring's goal is to create a new rhetoric that moves beyond the stalemate that often results from the war between advocates of parental rights and those of children's rights. This rhetoric of associational respect allows him to constructively address the role of rights and the limits of individualism in political and legal theory. While acknowledging the family's importance in facilitating state functioning and power in a large, pluralistic democracy (the aforementioned production of good citizens), Herring fully explores the ways in which the family produces diversity and promotes tolerance. Unlike other works on the subject, which view the differences between individuals as constituting the central challenge for American society, Herring focuses on the importance of such differences. In doing so, he enriches and enlivens the often divisive public discussion of family law and policy.

The Public Family Exploring Its Role in Democratic Societies Press Reviews

Drawing on feminist analysis, political theory, and legal scholarship, David Herring makes a compelling argument for a more complex understanding of the family's multifaceted political functions. - Susan Mezey, Loyola University Chicago; A pioneering work in political sociology.... will promote public discourse about family law well into the future, especially so given the significant demographic changes in the American family since 1950. - Robert G. Seddig, Allegheny College; Those concerned with investigating the political functions of the family far too often identify only one: the production of good democratic citizens. As a result, public discussion of family law and policy has been confined to a narrow continuum that ignores the family's other, often subversive, political functions.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822958277
Publication date: 30th September 2003
Author: David J. (Professor of Law and Dean, University of Pittsburg, USA) Herring
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Political science & theory, Sociology: family & relationships, Family law, Political structures: democracy,

About David J. (Professor of Law and Dean, University of Pittsburg, USA) Herring

David J. Herring, professor of law and dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has written extensively on child welfare law issues.

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