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Family Law Matters

Family Law Matters

Conventional family law textbooks assume that marriage is the essential feature of family life. This book challenges the assumptions of conventional textbooks by seeking alternative ways of examining the matters at issue in the law.

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ISBN 9780745305073
Barcode 9780745305073
Published 1 January 1993 by Pluto Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By O'Donovan, Katherine
Series Law & Social Theory
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ISBN-13 9780745305073
ISBN-10 0745305075
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Pluto Press
Imprint Pluto Press
Publication Date 1 January 1993
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By O'Donovan, Katherine
Series Law & Social Theory
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
English law: family law
Family Law
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 212g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Domestic relations, Domestic relations - Great Britain
NBS Text National Law: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 344.10615
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'This is a wonderful book-gives students an alternative perspective.' Lucy Anderson, Kings College London'O'Donovan's volume will be of great interest to students and teachers of political sociology and family sociology, as well as social policy and family law. An exciting addition to the standard texts.' Social Policy'I applaud Professor O' Donovan's theoretical eclecticism. ...]This book will make you think.' International Journal of Law and the Family'Invaluable as a compendium of ideas, and as a starting point, for the longer term project of theorising family law.' John Dewar, Hertford College, Oxford University'It is evident that O'Donovan's book repays careful study. The work is thought-provoking and challenging, and offers many new insights into new ways of beginning to think about family law.' Caroline J. Forder, University of Limburg, Maastricht

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Author's Bio

Katherine O'Donovan is Professor of Family Law and Legal Theory at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She is the author of many books and articles on family law and feminist legal theory.

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