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At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution Is Transforming Privacy Hardcover – October 27, 2009

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“Jeannie Suk has written an exemplary book that demonstrates law’s humanity while exploring the deep link between law and the humanities.  Her study of the concept of the ‘home’ in law, literature, and social theory is a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the needs and interests of human security.”—Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenburg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
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“A deeply interesting, original, and also a troubling book.  Jeannie Suk, in a persuasive analysis that calls on cultural as well as legal understanding, shows dramatically how the law has entered the home in unexpected ways.”—Peter Brooks, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholar, Princeton University
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About the Author

Jeannie Suk is a professor at Harvard Law School. A former Supreme Court law clerk and Guggenheim Fellow, she studied literature at Yale and Oxford, and law at Harvard.

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300113986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300113983
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeannie Suk, a Guggenheim Fellow, is a law professor at Harvard who specializes in criminal law and family law. Born in Seoul, Korea, she studied at the School of American Ballet and the Juilliard School. She received her B.A. in literature from Yale, and was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford where she received her doctorate in literature. She attended law school at Harvard, and clerked for Justice David Souter on the United States Supreme Court. Her pathbreaking book, At Home in the Law, explains how the law shapes the idea and reality of the home in unexpected ways. She also researches in the areas of art and entertainment law. Her 2009 article, The Law, Culture, and Economics of Fashion (with C. Scott Hemphill), argues in favor of legal protection for fashion design. Her writing has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Wall Street Journal, and Slate. She has been interviewed about her research by Dan Rather for Dan Rather Reports, and by ABC News. (photo credit Nina Subin)

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Despite my not having gone to law school, I still found this to be a fascinating read. Suk examines the roles of the state and of gender in the home, and the evolution of those roles alongside the last few decades of legal reform in the arena of domestic violence. The book is particularly salient in the post-9/11 era, as it also focuses on privacy, and the unintended consequences this area of legal reform has had on privacy. I would highly recommend "At Home in the Law" for anyone who works in fields that deal with domestic violence, or anyone who is interested in the evolution of gender roles and privacy as they pertain to the home.
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"At Home in the Law" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Suk's book interview ran here as cover feature on December 4, 2009.
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