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p. 826. Law and domestic relationslocked

  • G. Edward White


‘Law and domestic relations’ follows the transformations of domestic relations law. In early America, as extended households composed of persons in several versions of master-servant relationships began to dissolve, the idea of the household as a domestic realm emerged. Paradoxically, the creation of a domestic sphere that would serve as a private sanctuary from the outside world stimulated the emergence of legal trustees of the state who served to define the parameters of the domestic realm in accordance with mainstream public values. American domestic relations law thus became a set of public regulations for an area of life whose preservation has been deemed especially valuable because of its private character.

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