Ages in Constitutional Law

  • Larry D. BarnettEmail author


If society-level properties are the source of the content of law on society-important social activities, change in the properties will bring about new law on these activities. As change occurs in American society, shifts can thus be expected not only in the social topics that the U.S. Supreme Court adjudicates, but also in the substance of the rulings by the Court on the topics and in the rationales that the Court employs for its rulings. To illustrate, the present chapter uses cases in which the Court decided whether the federal Constitution was violated by government action pertaining to each of the following topical categories: sex distinctions and gender roles, pregnancy prevention and pregnancy termination, and support for religion. From the timelines of the cases and the rationales behind the rulings, ages in constitutional law are identified, and sociological agents that may account for these ages are proposed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Widener University Delaware Law SchoolWilmingtonUSA

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