At Home in the Law

At Home in the Law

How the Domestic Violence Revolution Is Transforming Privacy

By Jeannie Suk

Yale University Press, Paperback, 9780300172621, 218pp.

Publication Date: October 2011

In the past forty years, the idea of home, which is central to how the law conceives of crime, punishment, and privacy, has changed radically. Legal scholar Jeannie Suk shows how the legitimate goal of legal feminists to protect women from domestic abuse has led to a new and unexpected set of legal practices. In At Home in the Law, Suk argues that the growing legal vision that has led to the breakdown of traditional boundaries between public and private space is resulting in a substantial reduction of autonomy and privacy for both women and men. Winner of the Jacob Prize Book Award for the most outstanding law and society book published in 2009 "A fascinating analysis of our changing conceptions of privacy, gender, and the reach of the law. . . . The book will be just as interesting to lay people as it is to legal scholars." - Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought