Justice, Politics, and the Family

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  • Length: 320 pages
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At a time when same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and the rise of single-parent households challenge traditional views of the family, this innovative volume helps readers put such issues into social and legal perspective. Engster and Metz bring together essential readings in political and legal theory and organize them to illuminate pressing contemporary debates: gender and justice, parents and children, the state and globalization. They add original introductions, tracing the key ethical, political, and legal principles at stake, and offer interpretive summaries and recommended readings to flesh out the core of the book. Chapters by luminaries including Jean Bethke Elshtain, Judith Stacey, and Arlie Hochschild ensure lively reading and a diverse range of views.

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Daniel Engster is Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Tamara Metz is Associate Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.


“In one volume, the editors have provided a comprehensive collection of foundational readings for any classroom exploration of feminist approaches to justice, politics, and the family.”
Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University

“An able presentation and restatement of radical and feminist critiques of liberal family law, policy, and practices.”
Brian J. Shaw, Davidson College


Introduction Justice and the Family in Western Political Thought, Daniel Engster and Tamara Metz
Part I What Is the “Family”?
1 Postmodern Families, Judith Stacey
2 The Family and Civic Life, Jean Bethke Elshtain
3 Families as Relationships of Intimacy and Care, Traci M. Levy
Part II Justice, Gender, and the Family
4 Justice, Gender, and the Family, Susan Moller Okin
5 After the Family Wage, Nancy Fraser
Part III Parents and Children
6 Is the Family to Be Abolished Then? Véronique Munoz-Dardé
7 The Place of Parenting within a Liberal Theory of Justice, Daniel Engster
8 The Child’s Right to an Open Future, Joel Feinberg
Part IV Families and the State
9 The Myth of State Intervention in the Family, Frances E. Olsen
10 Just Marriage, Mary Lyndon Shanley
11 The Liberal Case for Disestablishing Marriage, Tamara Metz
Part V: Multiculturalism, the Family, and Dilemmas of Justice
12 Cultural Diversity and Child Protection, Alison Dundes Renteln
13 Polygamy in America, Sarah Song
Part VI Globalization and the Family
14 Global Care Chains and Emotional Surplus Value, Arlie Russell Hochschild
15 Deportation and the Parent-Child Relationship, David B. Thronson
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