'Law and The Relational Self' by Jonathan Herring has just been published by Cambridge University Press.
This book promotes a relational understanding of the self. It explores how law can be transformed by focusing on the promotion and protection of caring relationships, rather than individual rights. This offers a radical and profound re-imagining of what law is about and what it should be trying to do. Rather than seeking to uphold the rights or welfare of individuals we should be seeking to enhance caring relationship. The book draws on feminist psychology, philosophy and sociology to present a new understanding of the self and explore how the law should respond to that. It moves from the thoeretical to the practical in examining what a new family, medical, criminal and abuse law would look like using this approach.