Gender and Culture
1. Auflage April 2010
2010. 192 Seiten, Softcover
ISBN 978-0-7456-4800-2 - John Wiley & Sons
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The idea that respect for cultural diversity conflicts with gender equality is now a staple of both public and academic debate. Yet discussion of these tensions is marred by exaggerated talk of cultural difference, leading to ethnic reductionism, cultural stereotyping, and a hierarchy of traditional and modern. In this volume, Anne Phillips firmly rejects the notion that 'culture' might justify the oppression of women, but also queries the stereotypical binaries that have represented people from ethnocultural minorities as peculiarly resistant to gender equality.
The questions addressed include the relationship between universalism and cultural relativism, how to distinguish valid generalisation from either gender or cultural essentialism, and how to recognise women as agents rather than captives of culture. The discussions are illuminated by reference to legal cases and policy interventions, with a particular focus on forced marriage and cultural defence.
Aus dem Inhalt
* 1 Gender and Culture: Introduction
* 2 Multiculturalism, Universalism and the Claims of Democracy
* 3 Dilemmas of Gender and Culture: the Judge, the Democrat and the Political Activist
* 4 What is 'Culture'?
* 5 What's wrong with essentialism?
* 6 When Culture Means Gender: Issues of Cultural Defence in the English Courts
* 7 Free to Decide for Oneself
* 8 Consent, Autonomy, and Coercion: Forced Marriage, Public Policy, and the Courts