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Law's Relations: A Relational Theory of Self, Autonomy, and Law

Jennifer Nedelsky


Autonomy is one of the core concepts of legal and political thought, yet also one of the least understood. The prevailing theory of liberal individualism characterizes autonomy as independence, yet from a social perspective, this conception is glaringly inadequate. In this brilliantly innovative work, Jennifer Nedelsky claims that we must rethink our notion of autonomy, rejecting the usual vocabulary of control, boundaries, and individual rights. If we understand that we are fundamentally in relation to others, she argues, we will recognize that we become autonomous with others—with parents, t ... More

Keywords: autonomy, relational theory, rights, human rights, women's rights, private law, public law, due process, judicial review

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195147964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Nedelsky, author
University of Toronto