The Hidden Gender of Law, 2nd ed.

Graycar, Regina/ Morgan, Jenny

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Publisher: Federation Press
ISBN-13: 9781862873407
Binding: Paperback
Year Published: 2002
Regina Graycar and Jenny Morgan uncover the law's central assumptions about women's lives and expose its entrenched partiality: its hidden gender. They relentlessly expose the law's inadequacies when confronted with the real lives of women. Divided broadly into three parts dealing with women and money, women and relationships, and injuries to women, the range is extensive. Damages in negligence and custody, nervous shock and surrogacy, pregnant tribunals and family violence, pensions and infanticide, the authors analyse the operation of the law in ways that reflect how women experience problems for which they seek the law's help. In doing so, they demonstrate the inadequate, narrow and gendered nature of traditional legal categories. While there are no chapters called "criminal law" or "family law", Graycar and Morgan provide a sustained analysis of cases and statutes in these traditional areas and many others - tort, contract, administrative law, remedies, etc. The result is a book of enormous detail and intellectual rigour which provides a compelling critique of the current operation of the legal system, together with proposals for a reconstruction of the law to make it more responsive to women's lives. This is both a law book and a book about law, as important for those involved in day-to-day practice as it is for students of law and contemporary feminist philosophy. "Australian lawyers can thank Reg Graycar and Jenny Morgan for exploring ... hidden areas of gender bias in the law and exposing them for our attention. ... They ... introduce us to the writings of feminist jurists who have thrown new light on old concepts. ... The analysis brings to light a society permeated by gender bias ... The message is that the legal system incorporates this bias and helps to perpetuate it." - Justice Elizabeth Evatt AO
ID: 13281
Code: FP000004