Cambridge Cultural Social Studies: Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Hardback)
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Cambridge Cultural Social Studies: Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Hardback)

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Hardback 246 Pages / Published: 03/06/2004
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What challenges are presented by the claim that diversity should be celebrated? How should equality politics respond to controversial constituencies, such as smokers and sports hunters, when they position themselves as disadvantaged? Challenging Diversity brings a new and original approach to key issues facing social, political and cultural theory. Critically engaging with feminist, radical democratic and liberal scholarship, the book addresses four major challenges confronting a radical equality politics. Namely, what does equality mean for preferences and choices that appear harmful; are equality's subjects individuals, groups or something else; what power do dominant norms have to undermine equality-oriented reforms; and can radical practices endure when they collide with the mainstream? Taking examples from religion, gender, sexuality, state policy-making and intentional communities, Challenging Diversity maps new ways of understanding equality, explores the politics of its pursuit, and asks what kinds of diversity does a radical version of equality engender.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521831833
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'In Challenging Diversity Davina Cooper is engaged in defining how to approach equality in the contemporary developed world, where a politics of diversity has complex manifestation.' Social and Legal Studies
'... this is a rich and dense monograph, which weaves a wide array of concerns into a theoretically sophisticated framework for negotiating the challenges of diversity from a radical pluralist perspective.' Feminist Legal Studies
"[The book's] strength is in its commitment to providing a detailed, nuanced analysis of the interrelationships among organizing principles of inequality and various other social norms and institutions." Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Nancy Ehrenreich

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