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Changing Contours of Domestic Life, Family and Law

Caring and Sharing

Editor(s): Anne Bottomley, Simone Wong
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Published: 17-09-2009
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 236
ISBN: 9781841139043
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £65.00
 

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About Changing Contours of Domestic Life, Family and Law

Drawing from a wide range of material and socio-legal methods, this collection brings together original essays, written by internationally renowned scholars, investigating emerging patterns in the shape and form of the legal regulation of domestic relations. Taking as a focus the theme of 'caring and sharing', the collection includes chapters which reflect on the changing contours of what we think of as 'domestic relations'; the impact which legal recognition carries in making visible some relationships rather than others; the potential for normative values carried within patterns of legal recognition and regulation; intersections between private law and public policy; the role of private law in the allocation of responsibility and privilege; the differential impact of seemingly progressive policies on economically vulnerable or socially marginal groupings; tensions between family law models and models carried within other fields of private law; and, unusually, architectures in law and the built environment designed to facilitate broader accounts of domestic relationships. This thoughtful, provocative and wide-ranging collection will be a must for anyone, whatever their discipline background, interested in the insights and potential offered by a fresh engagement with the complexity of domestic relations and the law.
Authors: Anne Barlow, Anne Bottomley, Susan Boyd and Cindy Baldassi, Alison Diduck, Susan Scott-Hunt, Nan Seuffert, Carol Smart, Simone Wong and Claire Young.

Table Of Contents

Introduction
Changing Contours of Domestic Life, Family and Law: Caring and Sharing
ANNE BOTTOMLEY AND SIMONE WONG
2 Making Kin: Relationality and Law
CAROL SMART
Part I Property Division in Couple Relationships
3 Property and Couple Relationships: What Does Community of Property Have to Offer English Law?
ANNE BARLOW
4 Caring and Sharing: Interdependency as a Basis for Property Redistribution?
SIMONE WONG
Part II What Is Fair and to Whom?
5 Relationship Fairness
ALISON DIDUCK
6 Taking Spousal Status into Account for Tax Purposes: The Pitfalls and Penalties
CLAIRE FL YOUNG
Part III Heteronormativity and Marriage Fundamentalism
7 Marriage or Naught? Marriage and Unmarried Cohabitation in Canada
SUSAN B BOYD AND CINDY L BALDASSI
8 Same-Sex Immigration: Domestication and Homonormativity
NAN SEUFFERT
Part IV Pushing at the Contours of Domestic Relationships
9 'They shall be simple in their homes . . .': The Many Dimensions of the Idea and Practices of Co-operative
Housing
ANNE BOTTOMLEY
10 Intentional Communities and Care-giving: Co-Housing Possibilities
SUSAN SCOTT HUNT

Reviews

“The individual chapters are immensely varied and provide some fascinating insights.” –  Brian Sloan, Child and Family Law Quarterly, Volume 22, No. 2

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