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Women, Culture, and DevelopmentA Study of Human Capabilities$
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Martha C. Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198289642.001.0001

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Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism

Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism

(p.407) Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism
Women, Culture, and Development

Xiaorong Li

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Li provides an account of women's inequality in China and its relation to traditional norms. Contending against cultural relativist approaches to China and in favour of a more internationalist and critical framework, Li concludes that the capabilities ethic as developed by Sen and Nussbaum can diagnose what is wrong in the situation and promote women's equality with neither patriarchal imposition nor historical insensitivity.

Keywords:   capability approach, Confucianism, cultural relativism, cultural traditions, false consciousness, patriarchy, People's Republic of China, policy

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