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Family Constitutions And The (New) Constitution Of The Family, Linda Mcclain Jan 2006

Family Constitutions And The (New) Constitution Of The Family, Linda Mcclain

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This article looks at a topic that has received little attention in the legal literature: constitution making by families. Of what interest is it to constitutional law and family law, and to those interested in the state of the family, that families undertake to draft - and are urged by assorted experts on the family to draft - family constitutions (by analogy to the U.S. constitution) and family mission statements (by analogy to corporate mission statements)? This article contends that this reported trend is a fruitful topic of inquiry, since it bears on important questions about the dynamics of family life ...