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The Autonomy Myth: A Theory Of Dependency

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A brilliant exposé of the contradiction between the American myth of self-reliance and the reality of an interdependent society. With the controversy over gay marriages grabbing national headlines, traditional conceptions of family in American society have become subject to increasingly fierce debate. In The Autonomy Myth, influential and always-provocative legal theorist ...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by The New Press (first published March 19th 2004)
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This book I spent, really, most of the year reading -- a fact about which I refuse to feel guilty, although it certainly robbed the book of a great deal of its urgency. I read it a few pages at a time, here and there -- not because it was difficult reading academically (while there were a few passages I had to read a few times over, they were only a few, and the jargon was rather light for a book of legal theory and feminist analysis) -- but because it was difficult emotionally. I would read a f ...more
This book was great! It was like a flashback to sociology classes, but it focused on social contracts. Let's face it - the social contract just is not set-up to protect families and even couples for that matter. It comes from a slightly legal perspective, but you'll feel so enlightened after you are done reading. I am glad I picked out this book for our book club!
Daniel Lee
Interesting discussion about how even being who think they are ultra dependent are in fact interdependent and could not function without "the rest of us".
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