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Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Department for Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University, and The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg , Sweden.
University of Manchester, Institute for Ethics, Science and Innovation.
2012 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies. That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to each other, genetic parents; that this relationship between parents is also the ideal relationship between romantic or sexual partners; and that romance and sexual intimacy ought to be at the core of our closest personal relationships - all these elements converge towards the ideal of the nuclear family. The authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from this ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through current and prospective modes of assisted human reproduction such as surrogate motherhood, donor insemination, and reproductive cloning.

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London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2012. , 221 p.
, Science, ethics and society
Keyword [en]
nuclear family, family, gay and lesbian parenting, single parenting, polyparenting, surrogacy, reproductive caring units, polyamory, polygamy, human reproductive cloning
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Philosophy Ethics Other Humanities Sociology Psychology Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Law
Research subject
Practical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-62101DOI: 10.5040/9781780930114ISBN: 9781780930107OAI: diva2:575263

The volume is freely available in html format on the publisher's website, thanks to the Creative Commons license under which it was published. 

Available from: 2012-12-08 Created: 2012-12-08 Last updated: 2013-06-13Bibliographically approved

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