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The Resource States of union : family and change in the American constitutional order, Mark E. Brandon

States of union : family and change in the American constitutional order, Mark E. Brandon

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States of union : family and change in the American constitutional order
Title
States of union
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family and change in the American constitutional order
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Mark E. Brandon
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In two canonical decisions of the 1920s--Meyer v. Nebraska and Pierce v. Society of Sisters--the Supreme Court announced that family (including certain relations within it) was an institution falling under the Constitution's protective umbrella. Since then, proponents of "family values" have claimed that a timeless form of family--nuclear and biological--is crucial to the constitutional order. Mark Brandon's new book, however, challenges these claims. Brandon addresses debates currently roiling America--the regulation of procreation, the roles of women, the education of children, divorce, sexuality, and the meanings of marriage. He also takes on claims of scholars who attribute modern change in family law to mid-twentieth-century Supreme Court decisions upholding privacy. He shows that the "constitutional" law of family has much deeper roots. Offering glimpses into American households across time, Brandon looks at the legal and constitutional norms that have aimed to govern those households and the lives within them. He argues that, well prior to the 1960s, the nature of families in America had been continually changing--especially during western expansion, but also in the founding era. He further contends that the monogamous nuclear family was codified only at the end of the nineteenth century as a response to Mormon polygamy, communal experiments, and Native American households. Brandon discusses the evolution of familial jurisprudence as applied to disputes over property, inheritance, work, reproduction, the status of women and children, the regulation of sex, and the legal limits to and constitutional significance of marriage. He shows how the Supreme Court's famous decisions in the latter part of the twentieth century were largely responses to societal change, and he cites a wide range of cases that offer fresh insight into the ways the legal system responded to various forms of family life. More than a historical overview, the book also considers the development of same-sex marriage as a political and legal issue in our time. States of Union is a groundbreaking volume that explains how family came to be "in" the Constitution, what it has meant for family to be constitutionally significant, and what the implications of that significance are f.or the constitutional order and for families."--Jacket
  • "In two canonical decisions in 1920s, the Supreme Court announced that family was an institution possessing a constitutional status and that certain relations within family were constitutionally protected. Since then, "family values" has become a staple of American civic life as the polity roils over issues like the regulation of procreation, the roles of women, the education of children, divorce, domestic economy, sex, sexuality, and the meanings of marriage. Brandon is the first to explain how family came to be "in" the Constitution, what it has meant for family to be constitutionally significant, and what the implications of that significance have been (and continue to be) for the constitutional order and for families."--Publisher information
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Brandon, Mark E
Dewey number
346.7301
Index
index present
LC call number
  • KF505
  • KF505
LC item number
  • .B664 2013
  • .B73 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Constitutional thinking
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Domestic relations
  • Constitutional history
  • LAW
  • HISTORY
  • Constitutional history
  • Domestic relations
  • United States
  • Derecho de familia
  • Historia constitucional
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States of union : family and change in the American constitutional order, Mark E. Brandon
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Family values -- Family and civilization -- The English ancestry of the American law of family -- Family at the birth of the American order -- Slaves, the slaveholding household, and the racial family -- Home on the range: families in American continental settlement -- Tribal families and the American nation -- Uncommon families, part 1: American communism -- Uncommon families, part 2: polygamy -- Modern times family in the nation's courts -- Conclusion: The meanings of marriage
Control code
ocn840161047
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 335 pages
Isbn
9780700619238
Lccn
2013019105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780700619238
  • (OCoLC)840161047
Label
States of union : family and change in the American constitutional order, Mark E. Brandon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Family values -- Family and civilization -- The English ancestry of the American law of family -- Family at the birth of the American order -- Slaves, the slaveholding household, and the racial family -- Home on the range: families in American continental settlement -- Tribal families and the American nation -- Uncommon families, part 1: American communism -- Uncommon families, part 2: polygamy -- Modern times family in the nation's courts -- Conclusion: The meanings of marriage
Control code
ocn840161047
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 335 pages
Isbn
9780700619238
Lccn
2013019105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780700619238
  • (OCoLC)840161047

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