Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism - Contemporary Political Theory (Paperback)
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Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism - Contemporary Political Theory (Paperback)

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Justice, Gender and the Politics of Multiculturalism explores the tensions that arise when culturally diverse democratic states pursue both justice for religious and cultural minorities and justice for women. Sarah Song provides a distinctive argument about the circumstances under which egalitarian justice requires special accommodations for cultural minorities while emphasizing the value of gender equality as an important limit on cultural accommodation. Drawing on detailed case studies of gendered cultural conflicts, including conflicts over the 'cultural defense' in criminal law, aboriginal membership rules and polygamy, Song offers a fresh perspective on multicultural politics by examining the role of intercultural interactions in shaping such conflicts. In particular, she demonstrates the different ways that majority institutions have reinforced gender inequality in minority communities and, in light of this, argues in favour of resolving gendered cultural dilemmas through intercultural democratic dialogue.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521697590
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm


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'Professor Song convincingly demonstrates that the numerous multiculturalism problems require analysis of both the interactions between the majority and minority culture, as well as debates internal to the minority culture. Her analysis of cultural defenses, polygamy, and other matters successfully challenges conventional wisdom and merits broad attention.' Mark A. Graber, Professor of Law and Government, University of Maryland
'... a thoughtful consideration of the impasses between the recognition of multicultural diversity and the liberal feminist demand for gender equality and parity. ... Song also makes quite a compelling case that the adjudication of these contestations should be predicated on more nuanced understandings of cultural production that take seriously the basic rights of the individual members.' Journal of Politics and Gender
'Sarah Song's Justice, Gender and the Politics of Mulitculturalism is a timely book that offers an important contribution to this subject. ... Song questions the oft-held assumption of proponents of multiculturalism ... Song also emphasises the role of the state in constructing cultures ... Song really brings these issues to life. 'The majority culture is in certain respects not less patriarchal than minority culutres, just differently so'. The book's many examples both richly illustrate this point and underscore the fact that such generalising can only take us so far.' American Studies

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