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At home in the law : how the domestic violence revolution is transforming privacy / Jeannie Suk.

By: Suk, Jeannie.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2009Description: 1 online resource (xi, 204 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0300156359; 9780300156355.Subject(s): Abused women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States | Family violence -- Law and legislation -- United States | Feminist jurisprudence -- United States | Privacy, Right of -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: At home in the law.DDC classification: 808.222 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Suk (Harvard Law School) places the home at the center of her understanding of jurisprudence in a liberal polity and argues that traditional notions of the line between public and private spheres are under attack because of the rise of feminist jurisprudence and other legal developments of the past decade. Her primary concern is the reordering of the relationship between individuals and the state--a reordering that goes both ways. She is concerned that feminist-driven domestic violence law and Supreme Court cases such as Kelo v. New London are bringing the state into the home, while changes in self-defense law are giving individuals the power of the state to enforce traditional criminal law. In essence, libertarian assumptions about the line between public and private are being excessively and dangerously reconceived, according to Suk. Though these concerns are important and merit the serious and thoughtful exploration of this book, only feminists are truly challenged, while common law principles are treated as sacred truth. The questions posed by the author are important, but their treatment lacks a bit of balance. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty. J. A. Pierceson University of Illinois at Springfield

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