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Family Law Matters

  • ID: 1877480
  • March 1993
  • 192 pages
  • Pluto Books

In this radical critique, Professor O'Donovan challenges conventional textbooks which assume that marriage is the essential feature of family life and that the patriarchal unit remains dominant. She shows how the key players in family law discourse - women and children - are largely excluded and argues that it is the birth of children, rather than marriage, which is the constitutive element of the family.

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Acknowledgements
Table of Statutes
Table of Cases
Introduction

1. How the Family Law is Produced
2. The Producers of Family Law
3. Family Forms
4. Marriage –Sacred Union or Determinable contract?
5. Engendering Gender: Constructing Masculinity and Femininity
6. The Child as Legal Object
7. Family Law as Conversation

End Thoughts
References
Index

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Katherine O’Donovan

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