Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States

Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States

by Monique Deveaux
     
 

Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States explores the challenges that culturally plural liberal states face when they hold competing political commitments to cultural rights and sexual equality, and advances an argument for resolving such dilemmas through democratic dialogue and negotiation. Exploring recent examples of gendered cultural conflicts in South… See more details below

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Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States explores the challenges that culturally plural liberal states face when they hold competing political commitments to cultural rights and sexual equality, and advances an argument for resolving such dilemmas through democratic dialogue and negotiation. Exploring recent examples of gendered cultural conflicts in South Africa, Canada, and Britain, Monique Deveaux shows that there is an urgent need for workable strategies to mediate the antagonisms between the cultural practices and arrangements of certain ethno-cultural and religious groups and the norms and constitutional rights endorsed by liberal states. Yet such strategies will be successful only insofar as they can resolve conflicts without either reinforcing women's subordination within cultural communities or unjustly dismissing calls for cultural recognition and forms of self-governance. To this end, Deveaux develops an approach to mediating cultural tensions that takes seriously the demands for justice by cultural and religious minorities in liberal democratic states. Grounded in an argument for democratic legitimacy, this approach invokes norms of political inclusion and democratic dialogue, and highlights negotiation and compromise as the best vehicles for arriving at resolutions to conflicts of cultural value. However, Deveaux also reconceives the basis of democratic legitimacy so as to include not merely formal expressions of political consent, but also a range of informal democratic activities that occur in the private and social spheres, from acts of cultural reinvention and subversion to outright expressions of dissent and cultural refusal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199559244
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction     1
Liberal Approaches to Conflicts of Culture     23
Women's Rights as Human Rights     54
Democratic Deliberation: Empowering Cultural Communities     89
Native Rights and Gender Justice: The Case of Canada     127
Personal Autonomy and Cultural Tradition: The Arranged Marriage Debate in Britain     155
Gender and Cultural Justice in South Africa     186
Conclusion: Legitimizing Democracy and Democratizing Legitimacy     215
Bibliography     229
Index     245

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