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Vol 21 No 8 Aug/Sept 2016

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The Public Family

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David J. HerringProfessor of Law and Dean, University of Pittsburg, USA

ISBN13: 9780822958277
ISBN: 0822958279
Published: September 2003
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £27.50



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In The Public Family David Herring's goal is to create a new rhetoric that moves beyond the stalemate that often results from the war between advocates of parental rights and those of children's rights. This ""rhetoric of associational respect"" allows him to constructively address the role of rights and the limits of individualism in political and legal theory. While acknowledging the family's importance in facilitating state functioning and power in a large, pluralistic democracy (the aforementioned production of good citizens), Herring fully explores the ways in which the family produces diversity and promotes tolerance. Unlike other works on the subject, which view the differences between individuals as constituting the central challenge for American society, Herring focuses on the importance of such differences. In doing so, he enriches and enlivens the often divisive public discussion of family law and policy.

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