Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States

Paperback | March 7, 2009

byMonique Deveaux

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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 andnegotiation. Exploring recent examples of gendered cultural conflicts in South Africa, Canada, and Britain, this book 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 groupsand 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 ofself-governance. To this end, the book develops an approach to mediating cultural tensions that takes seriously the demands of justice by cultural and religious minorities in liberal democratic states. Grounded in an argument for democratic legitimacy, this approach invokes norms of politicalinclusion and democratic dialogue, and highlights negotiation and compromise as the best vehicles for arriving at resolutions to conflicts of cultural value. However, it also reconceives the basis of democratic legitimacy so as to include not merely formal expressions of political consent, but alsoa range of non-formal democratic activity that occur in the private and social spheres, from acts of cultural reinvention and subversion to outright expressions of dissent and cultural refusal.Winner of the CB Macpherson Prize for Best Book in the field of Political Theory.

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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 andnegotiation. Exploring recent examples of gender...

Monique Deveaux is Associate Professor of Political Science at Williams College, where she teaches courses in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought. She is the author of Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice (Cornell University Press, 2000), a co-editor of Sexual/Cultural Justice: Critical Perspective...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 7, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559244

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Liberal Approaches to Conflicts of Culture3. Women's Rights as Human Rights4. Deliberative Democracy: Empowering Cultural Communities5. Native Rights and Liberal Sex Equality: The Case of Canada6. Personal Autonomy and Cultural Tradition7. Gender and Cultural Justice in South Africa8. Conclusion: Legitimizing Democracy and Democratizing Legitimacy