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Sexual Justice / Cultural Justice

Critical Perspectives in Political Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Barbara Arneil, Monique Deveaux, Rita Dhamoon, Avigail Eisenberg


248 pages

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This key volume explores the relationship between cultural justice and sexual justice in multicultural societies in a new light. The authors challenge the framing of ‘feminism and multiculturalism’ as one of inevitable conflict, as well as the portrayal of liberal sexual equality and cultural rights as irreconcilable, moving the debate beyond the culture/gender impasse.

Focusing on three theoretical themes from a feminist perspective:

  • the meaning and role of culture and identity in politics
  • the problem of autonomy in relation to culture and identity
  • the crucial role of democracy in addressing the theoretical and practical problems raised by this set of issues.

The diverse contributors break new theoretical ground by providing detailed engagement with the concrete experiences of women and minorities who are caught in the dilemmas of gender and cultural justice. The collected chapters address sexual/cultural justice in a range of different countries, offering illuminating case studies on Britain, South Africa, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Mexico, and the United States.

Sexual Justice / Cultural Justice will be of strong interest to students and researchers working in the areas of gender and feminist theory, politics, law, philosophy and sociology.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Defining and Challenging ‘Culture’ and ‘Cultural Identity' 1. What is ‘Culture’? Anne Phillips 2. The Politics of Cultural Contestation Rita Dhamoon 3. Cultural Protections vs. Cultural Justice: Post-Colonializm, Agonistic Justice and the Limitations of Liberal Theory Barbara Arneil 4. Traveling Culture and the ‘Cultural Defense’ Gaurav Desai Part 2: Autonomy, Culture and Gender 5. Women’s Rights, Oppressed Minorities, and the Liberal State Marilyn Friedman 6. Relational Autonomy, Sexual Justice and Cultural Pluralism Catriona Mackenzie 7. Is Freedom of the Will but a Western Illusion? Individual Autonomy, Gender and Multicultural Judgement Sawitri Saharso 8. Personal Autonomy and Cultural Tradition: The Arranged Marriage Debate in Britain Monique Deveaux Part 3: Gender, Culture and Democracy 9. Globalizing Women's Rights: Overcoming the Apartheid María Pía Lara 10. Reconciling Multiculturalizm with Democracy: Challenges for South Africa Gertrude Fester 11. Religious Arbitration and Multiculturalizm: The Debate over Sharia Law in Canada Avigail Eisenberg

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies