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Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521697590

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  • Justice, Gender and the Politics of Multiculturalism explores the tensions that arise when culturally diverse democratic states pursue both justice for religious and cultural minorities and justice for women. Sarah Song provides a distinctive argument about the circumstances under which egalitarian justice requires special accommodations for cultural minorities while emphasizing the value of gender equality as an important limit on cultural accommodation. Drawing on detailed case studies of gendered cultural conflicts, including conflicts over the 'cultural defense' in criminal law, aboriginal membership rules and polygamy, Song offers a fresh perspective on multicultural politics by examining the role of intercultural interactions in shaping such conflicts. In particular, she demonstrates the different ways that majority institutions have reinforced gender inequality in minority communities and, in light of this, argues in favour of resolving gendered cultural dilemmas through intercultural democratic dialogue.

    • A fresh perspective on multicultural politics, examining the role of intercultural interactions in shaping gendered cultural conflicts
    • Features three detailed case studies which demonstrate the theory developed in the book
    • Written in a clear and accessible style
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    Prizes

    • Winner of the APSA's Ralph Bunche Award for the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous year that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Sarah Song's Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism is an exciting intervention in the field of multiculturalism and gender justice that has longstanding implications for both political theorists and policy experts alike...an excellent contribution"
    Jinee Lokaneeta, Law and Politics Book Review

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521697590
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.362kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I:
    2. The concept of culture in political theory
    3. Justice and multiculturalism: an egalitarian argument for cultural accommodation
    Part II:
    4. The 'cultural defense' in American criminal law
    5. Tribal sovereignty and the Santa Clara Pueblo case
    6. Polygamy in America
    7. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Sarah Song, University of California, Berkeley
    Sarah Song is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has won several prizes and awards for her work including the Best Dissertation Award by the American Political Science Association Women and Politics Section in 2004.

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