Body Lore and Laws by Martin Richards
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Body Lore and Laws
By Martin Richards

Body Lore and Laws

Essays on Law and the Human Body


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Body Lore and Laws by Martin Richards

Book Description

This book,the second produced by the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group, is a collection of essays on the subject of law and the human body. As the title suggests, bodies and body parts are not only subject to regulation through formal legal processes, but also the meanings attached to particular bodies, and the significance accorded to some body parts, are aspects of broader cultural processes. In short, bodies are subjected to both lore and laws. The contributors, all leading academics in the fields of Law, Sociology, Psychology, Feminism, Criminology, Biology and Genetics, respectively, offer a range of interdisciplinary papers that critically examine how bodies are constructed and regulated in law. The book is divided into two parts. Part one is concerned with 'Making Bodies' and includes papers relating to transactions in human gametes, cloning, court-ordered caesarean sections, testing for genetic risk, the patenting of human genes and the social policy implications of the growth in genetic information. Part two is concerned with 'Using and Abusing Bodies'. It contains chapters relating to sexualities, sexual orientation and the law, sex workers and their clients, domestic homicide, religious and cultural practices and other issues involving children's bodies, the ownership of the body and body parts and the legal and ethical issues surrounding euthanasia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841131962
ISBN-10: 1841131962
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 31mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Richards

Andrew Bainham is a Fellow of Christ's College,Cambridge and Reader in Family Law and Policy at the University of Cambridge. Shelley Day Sclater is a Reader in Psycho-Social Studies at the University of East London and co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research. Martin Richards is Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge.

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