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Culture, Citizenship, and CommunityA Contextual Exploration of Justice as Evenhandedness$
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Joseph H. Carens

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297688.001.0001

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Distinguishing Between Difference and Domination: Reflections on the Relation Between Pluralism and Equality

Distinguishing Between Difference and Domination: Reflections on the Relation Between Pluralism and Equality

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Culture, Citizenship, and Community
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198297688.003.0004

Focuses on the relationship between cultural difference and equal opportunity. Because cultural heritages can affect the motivation and the capacity to take advantage of conventionally valued opportunities, some argue that respect for cultural differences requires us to accept social and economic inequalities between groups. The chapter uses the cases of Asian Americans, the Amish, African Americans and women to qualify and challenge this claim. It concludes that the relationship between pluralism and equality is generally complementary, and that this complementariness is enhanced when social institutions minimize inequalities.

Keywords:   African Americans, Amish, Asian Americans, cultural difference, equal opportunity, equality, pluralism, women

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