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Family Law and Personal Life

John Eekelaar


The book sees the governance of personal relationships as the exercise of power, from the traditional assumptions of patriarchy and the control one generation seeks to exercise over its successor, to the ideology of welfarism, where state institutions protect the interests of the vulnerable in accordance with its own perceptions of their interests. It argues that perceptions of rights are a significant counterpoise to such exercises of power. Against that background, it explores the interrelationship between the regulation by law of people's personal lives and the values of friendship, truth, ... More

Keywords: rights, regulation, parenthood, marriage, community, gay relationships, religion, intimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199535422
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Eekelaar, author
Academic Director and Emeritus Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford

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