Is parents' power over their children legitimate? And what role does theoretical analysis play when we make such normative evaluations? While this book adds to the growing literature on parents, children, families, and the state, it does so by focusing on one issue, the legitimacy of parents' power. It also takes seriously the challenge posed by moral pluralism, and considers the role of both theoretical rationality and practical judgement in resolving moral dilemmas associated with parental power.
The primary intended market for this book is advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students and established academics, in particular those with an interest in practical and applied ethics, contemporary political theory, moral theory, social theory, the sociology of childhood, political sociology, social work, and social policy. -- .
Allyn Fives is Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway -- .
1 Introduction: philosophy, power, and parents Part I: Paternalism and its limits 2 Paternalism 3 Caretaker or liberator? Part II: Conceptual and metholodogical issues 4 Moral dilemmas 5 Children's agency 6 Parental power 7 Normative legitimacy Part III: The moral legitimacy of parental power 8 Legitimacy in the political domain and in the family 9 Licensing, monitoring, and training parents 10 Children and the provision of informed consent 11 Sharing lives, shaping values, and voluntary civic education 12 Conclusion Index -- .