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St. John's University School of Law

Family law

2008

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The Culture Differential In Parental Autonomy, Elaine M. Chiu Jan 2008

The Culture Differential In Parental Autonomy, Elaine M. Chiu

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When the laws of a community reflect a dominant culture and yet many of its members are from other minority cultures, there is often conflict. When this conflict occurs in the legal regulation of the parent-child relationship, the consequences are tremendous for the children, the parents, and the State. This Article focuses on the federal statute criminalizing female genital surgeries, and, in doing so, it makes two major claims. The first claim is that the decisions of minority parents are scrutinized and regulated to a greater degree than the decisions of parents from the dominant culture, even when their decisions …