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Social Difference and Constitutionalism in Pan-Asia

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Part of Comparative Constitutional Law and Policy

Benjamin B. Cohen, William Fierman, Paul Hutchcroft, Huong Nguyen, David C. Williams, Gardner Bovingdon, Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, Ran Hirschl, Kim Rubenstein, Christabel Richards-Neville, Asma Afsaruddin, Sean Dickson, Steve Sanders
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107036277

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  • In many countries, social differences, such as religion or race and ethnicity, threaten the stability of the social and legal order. This book addresses the role of constitutions and constitutionalism in dealing with the challenge of difference. The book brings together lawyers, political scientists, historians, religious studies scholars, and area studies experts to consider how constitutions address issues of difference across “Pan-Asia,” a wide swath of the world that runs from the Middle East, through Asia, and into Oceania. The book's multidisciplinary and comparative approach makes it unique. The book is organized into five sections, each devoted to constitutional approaches to a particular type of difference – religion, ethnicity/race, urban/rural divisions, language, and gender and sexual orientation – in two or more countries in Pan Asia. The introduction offers a framework for thinking comprehensively about the many ways constitutionalism interacts with difference.

    • Includes an interdisciplinary analysis of constitutions and difference from the perspectives of law, political science, history, area studies, and religious studies
    • Examines the issue of constitutions and difference across a wide swath of the world that includes all major religions, countless ethnic and linguistic groups, and a wide range of constitutional systems
    • Focuses on constitutions as mechanisms for dealing with difference
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107036277
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Language:
    1. Negotiating differences: India's language policy Benjamin B. Cohen
    2. Constitution and language in post-independence Central Asia William Fierman
    Part II. Urban/Rural:
    3. Dreams of redemption: localist strategies of political reform in the Philippines Paul Hutchcroft
    4. Constitutional rights and dialogic process in socialist Vietnam: protecting rural-to-urban migrants' rights without a constitutional court Huong Nguyen
    Part III. Ethnicity and Race:
    5. Asymmetrical federalism in Burma David C. Williams
    6. Hu wants something new: discourse and the deep structure of Minzu policies in China Gardner Bovingdon
    Part IV. Religion:
    7. Sectarian visions of the Iraqi state: irreconcilable differences? Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi
    8. Constitutionalism and religious difference in Israel (and a brief passage to Malaysia) Ran Hirschl
    Part V. Gender and Sexuality:
    9. Australia's gendered constitutional history and future Kim Rubenstein and Christabel Richards-Neville
    10. Islamic feminism(s): promoting gender egalitarianism and challenging constitutional constraints Asma Afsaruddin
    11. India, Nepal, and Pakistan: a unique South Asian constitutional discourse on sexual orientation and gender identity Sean Dickson and Steve Sanders.

  • Editor

    Susan H. Williams, Indiana University, School of Law
    Susan H. Williams is the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is the author of Truth, Autonomy, and Speech: Feminist Theory and the First Amendment (2004), which won the Outstanding Academic Title Award from Choice Magazine, as well as many articles and book chapters. She is the editor of Constituting Equality: Gender Equality and Comparative Constitutional Law (Cambridge, 2011). Her scholarship focuses on issues related to gender equality, constitutional design, and feminist theory.


    Benjamin B. Cohen, William Fierman, Paul Hutchcroft, Huong Nguyen, David C. Williams, Gardner Bovingdon, Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, Ran Hirschl, Kim Rubenstein, Christabel Richards-Neville, Asma Afsaruddin, Sean Dickson, Steve Sanders

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