Gender and Culture

Gender and Culture

by Anne Phillips
     
 

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The idea that respect for cultural diversity conflicts with gender equality is now a staple of both public and academic debate. Yet discussion of these tensions is marred by exaggerated talk of cultural difference, leading to ethnic reductionism, cultural stereotyping, and a hierarchy of traditional and modern. In this volume, Anne Phillips firmly rejects the notion…  See more details below

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The idea that respect for cultural diversity conflicts with gender equality is now a staple of both public and academic debate. Yet discussion of these tensions is marred by exaggerated talk of cultural difference, leading to ethnic reductionism, cultural stereotyping, and a hierarchy of traditional and modern. In this volume, Anne Phillips firmly rejects the notion that ‘culture’ might justify the oppression of women, but also queries the stereotypical binaries that have represented people from ethnocultural minorities as peculiarly resistant to gender equality.

The questions addressed include the relationship between universalism and cultural relativism, how to distinguish valid generalisation from either gender or cultural essentialism, and how to recognise women as agents rather than captives of culture. The discussions are illuminated by reference to legal cases and policy interventions, with a particular focus on forced marriage and cultural defence.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Phillips] draws attention to a whole new set of questions about the relationship between gender and culture and provides directions for future research in this area."
Political Studies Review

"Anne Phillips's work demonstrates the exhilaration and importance of sustained critique. This insightful work is the latest contribution in her deft and decisive critiques of multiculturalism. It lays out the moral, philosophical and practical grounds at stake in tackling the intractable Gordian knot of gender and culture. It raises all our hopes and forces us to rethink the most settled of positions."
Henrietta Moore, London School of Economics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745659275
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/25/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
849 KB

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From the Publisher
"[Phillips] draws attention to a whole new set of questions about the relationship between gender and culture and provides directions for future research in this area."
Political Studies Review

"Anne Phillips's work demonstrates the exhilaration and importance of sustained critique. This insightful work is the latest contribution in her deft and decisive critiques of multiculturalism. It lays out the moral, philosophical and practical grounds at stake in tackling the intractable Gordian knot of gender and culture. It raises all our hopes and forces us to rethink the most settled of positions."
Henrietta Moore, London School of Economics

Meet the Author

Anne Phillips is Professor of Political and Gender Theory AT London School of Economics and Political Science.

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