The Place of Families
Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility
By (author) Linda C. McClain
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Place of Families by Linda C. McClain
Book DescriptionIn this bold new book, Linda McClain offers a liberal and feminist theory of the relationships between family life and politics - a topic dominated by conservative thinkers. McClain agrees that stable family lives are vital to forming persons into capable, responsible, self-governing citizens. But what are the public values at stake when we think about families, and what sorts of families should government recognise and promote? Arguing that family life helps create the virtues and character required for citizenship, McClain shows that the connection between family self-government and democratic self-government does not require the deep-laid gender inequality that has historically accompanied it. Examining controversial issues in family law and policy - among them, the governmental promotion of heterosexual marriage and the denial of marriage to same-sex couples, the regulation of family life through welfare policy and constitutional rights to reproductive freedom - McClain argues for a political theory of the family that embraces equality, defends rights as facilitating responsibility and supports families in ways that respect men's and women's capacities for self-government.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674019102
(235mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Linda C. McClain
What is Parenthood?, Paperback (January 2013)
Asks bold and direct questions about parenthood in contemporary society
Ordered Liberty, Hardback (January 2013)
Fleming and McClain defend a civic liberalism that takes seriously not just rights but responsibilities and virtues. Issues taken up include same-sex marriage, reproductive freedom, regulation of civil society and the family, education of children, and clashes between First Amendment freedoms of association and religion and antidiscrimination law.
Gender Equality, Paperback (July 2009)» View all books by Linda C. McClain
Examines the persisting inequality between formal commitments to gender equality and equal citizenship.
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Author Biography - Linda C. McClain
Linda C. McClain is Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law.
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