Conclusion: Legitimizing Democracy and Democratizing Legitimacy
In this concluding chapter, the main arguments of the book are briefly recapped and extended. Democratic legitimacy is defended as a core norm for plural, liberal democratic societies, one which should also guide deliberations about contested cultural practices. This chapter also makes the case for expanding the scope of what we understand as (legitimating) democratic activity, so as to include not only formal, institutionalized democratic practices and spaces, but also informal, everyday expressions of democratic agency. Such a shift should enable us to better see and foster women’s capacities and opportunities to resist, affirm, transform, and reinvent their cultural traditions and arrangements, which speak directly to the issue of the legitimacy of those traditions.
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