The Autonomy Myth: A Theory Of Dependency
With the controversy over gay marriages grabbing national headlines, traditional conceptions of family in America society have become subject to increasingly fierce debate. In The Autonomy Myth, influential and always-provocative legal theorist Martha Albertson Fineman expands the terms of the debate even further to argue for public policy that reflects the realities of ho...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by New Press, The
(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!