ABSTRACT

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.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction

ByBARBARA ARNEIL, MONIQUE DEVEAUX, RITA DHAMOON

part |2 pages

PART I Defining and challenging “culture” and “cultural identity”

chapter 1|15 pages

What is “culture”?

ByANNE PHILLIPS

chapter 2|20 pages

The politics of cultural contestation

ByRITA DHAMOON

chapter 4|18 pages

Traveling culture and the “cultural defense”

ByGAURAV DESAI

part |2 pages

Part II Autonomy, culture and gender

part |2 pages

Part III Gender, culture and democracy

chapter 9|21 pages

Globalizing women’s rights: Overcoming the apartheid

ByMARÍA PÍA LARA

chapter 10|21 pages

Reconciling multiculturalism with democracy: Challenges for South Africa

BySouth Africa GERTRUDE FESTER