Body Lore and Laws

Andrew Bainham, Martin Richards, Shelley Day Sclater
Hart Publishing, 2002 - 346 Seiten
This is a collection of essays on the subject of law and the human body. As the title suggests, bodies and body parts are not only subject to regulation through formal legal processes, but also the meanings attached to particular bodies and body parts are aspects of broader cultural processes. In short, bodies are subjected to both lore and laws. The contributors, all leading academics in Law, Sociology, Psychology, Feminism, Criminology, Biology and Genetics, offer a range of interdisciplinary papers that critically examine how bodies are constructed and regulated in law. The book is divided into two parts. Part one is concerned with "Making Bodies" and includes papers relating to transactions in human gametes, cloning, court-ordered caesarean sections, testing for genetic risk, the patenting of human genes and the social policy implications of the growth in genetic information. Part two is concerned with "Using and Abusing Bodies". It contains chapters relating to sexualities, sexual orientation and the law, sex workers and their clients, domestic homicide, religious and cultural practices and other issues involving children's bodies, the ownership of the body and body parts, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding euthanasia.

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1 Introduction
from Slavery to DNA Maps
3 Giving Selling and Sharing Bodies
4 Discovering and Patenting Human Genes
5 Letting GoParents Professionals and the Law in the Retention of Human Material after Post Mortem
6 Male Medical Students and the Male Body
7 Domestic Homicide Gender and the Expert
8 The Many Appearances of the Body in Feminist Scholarship
Male Clients and Prostitution
Ambivilence in Transactions with Human Genetics
13 Courtordered Caesarean Sections
the Bland Case the Winterton Bill and the Importance of Intention in Evaluating EndofLife Decision Making
15 Religion Culture and the Body of the Child
Some History and Future Prospects for Human Genetic Selection
17 Perceptions of the Body and Genetic Risk
18 Science Medicine and Ethical Change

9 Male Bodies Family Practices
10 Sexualities Sexual Relations and the Law

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Über den Autor (2002)

Shelley Day Sclater has been a lawyer and academic social scientist and now works as a freelance writer and researcher. She was Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of East London.
Martin Richards is Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.
Andrew Bainham is a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and Reader in Family Law and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

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