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Ghosts In The Postmodern Family, Annette Appell Jan 2010

Ghosts In The Postmodern Family, Annette Appell

annette appell

As legal theory and doctrine respond to the range and complexity of biological and social connections that increasingly compose families, they evoke a bionormative nuclear family framework for lesbian and gay families, stepfamilies and families created with outsourced reproductive materials or labor. This Article questions this approach because it disregards the complex foundational roles of biological relationships in American jurisprudence and fails to appreciate the unique aspects of kinship in these postmodern families. Instead, this Article anchors the postmodern family law movement in the physical, social and economic conditions that affect the most disaffected among us: those who are socially, …