At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution is Transforming Privacy

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Yale University Press, 2009 - Law - 204 pages
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"The past few decades have witnessed a revolution in the way that law shapes the idea and reality of the home. Jeannie Suk shows how legal feminism has replaced the traditional notion of home as a man's castle with the idea that home is a place where women are subordinated to male control and need government protection. Changes designed to protect women from domestic violence have developed into a comprehensive legal regime that treats the home as a site of potential or actual violence. The unexpected consequences of this legal reform have redistributed power among women, men, and the state." "Suk examines major developments in contemporary U.S. law pertaining to domestic violence, self-defense, privacy, sexual autonomy. and property in order to illuminate the changing relation between home and the law. Increasing state control has led to expanded definitions of what constitutes violence, mandatory arrest of those suspected of domestic violence, and obligatory criminal charges in --
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Home Crime
9
2 Criminal Law Comes Home
35
3 Scenes of SelfDefense
55
4 Taking the Home
87
5 Is Privacy a Woman?
106
Epilogue
132
Notes
135
Index
197
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Jeannie Suk is an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Senior Fellow of the Humanities Center at Harvard. A former Supreme Court law clerk, she studied literature at Yale and Oxford, and law at Harvard.

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