The Politics of ParentingPaperback
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- Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 293 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 227mm x 15mm | 399g
- Publication date: 1 February 2004
- Publication City/Country: Saint Paul, MN
- ISBN 10: 1557788189
- ISBN 13: 9781557788184
Should the state license parents? This book is challenging: the Brave New World of eugenics and State regulation of procreation, parenting and the family. This is a highly reasoned and provocative book about a huge taboo in modern society. It will raise the ire of both the traditionalists and the "politically correct." It will be attacked in the press. But, ultimately the book is in defense of children and addresses the role of government in ensuring that parents practice a "stewardship" model, rather than an "ownership" model, of childrearing. It should be required reading by any student of populations studies and sociology of the family.
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William B. Irvine has written widely on issues in public policy and applied ethics. It was these research interests, combined with his own experiences as a parent, which led him to write Doing Right by Children. Dr. Irvine is currently associate professor of philosophy at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and their two children.