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Reaching the Limit: Granting Insiders and Outsiders Rights

in Family, Law, and Community

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226074993
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075020 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226075020.003.0005
Reaching the Limit: Granting Insiders and Outsiders Rights

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This chapter examines family autonomy from a more structural stance, as a network of relationships best calculated to create social capital for the couple and their children (as well as for society as a whole). It looks at what happens to social capital if insiders (spouses or children) are accorded (or seize) individual rights that conflict with well-functioning family networks. Instead of looking at invasions from above, the chapter considers attempts by outsiders to claim rights to share in family networks.

Keywords: family autonomy; social capital; couples; children; individual rights; family networks

Chapter.  8702 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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