Multiculturalism without Culture

Multiculturalism without Culture

by Anne Phillips
     
 

"Much of the debate about the politics of diversity both within and between nations starts with an exaggerated view of the extent of cultural difference. In this sane and intelligent book, Anne Phillips offers a more realistic—and a more helpful—picture of the scale and significance of our disagreements."—Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University

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"Much of the debate about the politics of diversity both within and between nations starts with an exaggerated view of the extent of cultural difference. In this sane and intelligent book, Anne Phillips offers a more realistic—and a more helpful—picture of the scale and significance of our disagreements."—Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princeton University

"Anne Phillips shows how to forge a much-needed politics that combines the goal of gender equality with that of multicultural equality. She does this by avoiding a conception of culture that is static and monolithic. Phillips assumes crucially that minority cultural values are contextually variable and that minority group members are free moral agents, not cultural puppets. Her approach will elevate the dialogue over gender and culture to a creative new plateau of insight and understanding."—Marilyn Friedman, Washington University

"Meticulously researched, pristinely crafted, intelligently and generously argued, Multiculturalism without Culture is the finest presentation yet of liberal democratic bafflement over culture and culturalism. One need not concur with Phillips's conclusions to reap illumination from this marvelous volume and to be buoyed by its renewal of a relentlessly antiracist and feminist democratic politics."—Wendy Brown, author of Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire

"Multiculturalism without Culture is an important intervention into the debate on cultural difference and social policy. Anne Phillips does a great job of bringing together legal materials, philosophy, political theory, and legal theory to offer a new and nuanced normative theory for social justice in multicultural societies. Phillips believes culture is something more important than a lifestyle choice, but something less preordained than DNA. She zeroes in on a new problem and offers new solutions."—Richard T. Ford, author of Racial Culture

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141152
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

INTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER ONE: Multiculturalism without Culture 11

CHAPTER TWO: Between Culture and Cosmos 42

CHAPTER THREE: What's Wrong with Cultural Defence? 73

CHAPTER FOUR: Autonomy, Coercion, and Constraint 100

CHAPTER FIVE: Exit and Voice 133

CHAPTER SIX: Multiculturalism without Groups? 158

Bibliography 181

Index 191

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