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Multicultural Jurisdictions

Multicultural Jurisdictions
Cultural Differences and Women's Rights

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776745

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  • Can the state respect cultural differences while protecting the rights of vulnerable group members, in particular women? Shachar argues that it is both theoretically needed and institutionally feasible. Rejecting prevalent solutions to this "paradox of multicultural vulnerability", Multicultural Jurisdictions argues for enhancing minorities' autonomy, while providing viable legal-institutional solutions to intra-group rights violation. This new "joint governance" approach reduces the injustice between minority groups and society, while enhancing justice within them. This book will interest students of political and social theory, law, religion, institutional design, and cultural and gender studies.

    • Interdisciplinary, comparative approach
    • Important contribution to current multiculturalist and feminist debates
    • Offers in-depth exploration of practical legal-institutional solutions to vital normative dilemmas in diverse societies
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    "This is an excellent example of the kind of new comparative law theory and application appearing in many recent texts...where the definition of legal culture is expanded, and the exciting and creative prospects for cross-fertilization are apparent. This book should be regarded as a necessary addition to these new voices." International Journal of Legal Information

    "Shachar's book addresses an important problem and is full of rich insights." American Political Science Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776745
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 146 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The perils of multicultural accommodation
    3. Family law and the construction of collective identity
    4. State vs. nomos: lessons from contemporary law and normative theory
    5. Sharing the pieces of jurisdictional authority: mapping the possibilities
    6. Transformative accomodation: utilizing external protections to reduce internal restrictions
    7. Towards a resolution of the multiculturalism paradox: family law revisited
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto
    Ayelet Shachar is Assistant Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She is also currently a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She has written extensively on issues of contemporary political theory, group rights and gender equality. Her most recent publications appear in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review. She has also contributed to several edited volumes including Multicultural Questions (1999); Citizenship in Diverse Societies (2000); and From Migrants to Citizens (2000).

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