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Law Through the Life Course

Jonathan Herring


This book explores how the life responds to the different stages of life. It explains how the law reflects and reinforces assumptions around, for example, childhood and old age. The book explains how the law tends to be based around an idealised model of what it is to be human, particularly with the weight place on autonomy and individualism. This causes difficulty for those who do not fit into the assumptions around their age or the expected norm for humanity. It also overlooks the importance to everyone of their relationships and our deep interconnection.

Keywords: Life Course, Children, Older people, Abuse, Social Construction, Rights, Middle Age, Relationality, Feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529204667
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529204667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Herring, author
University of Oxford

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