This chapter introduces the main problem of the book: the tensions that exist between cultural rights, and accommodation and formal protection for sexual equality in liberal constitutional democracies. It also discusses the unsatisfactory treatment of this problem within much recent mainstream political philosophy, especially liberal theories of multiculturalism and deliberative democracy theory.
Keywords: internal minorities, cultural minorities, nonliberal, multicultural accommodation, toleration, cultural practices, sexual equality, cultural conflicts, democratic agency, democratic legitimacy
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