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Citizenship in Diverse Societies$
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Will Kymlicka and Wayne Norman

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019829770X.001.0001

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Female Autonomy and Cultural Imperative: Two Hearts Beating Together

Female Autonomy and Cultural Imperative: Two Hearts Beating Together

(p.224) 9 Female Autonomy and Cultural Imperative: Two Hearts Beating Together
Citizenship in Diverse Societies

Sawitri Saharso

Oxford University Press

In the light of a suicide case of a Hindustani woman in the Netherlands in 1988, this chapter enquires whether it is possible to find a concept of autonomy for Asian women that is both worthy of the eyes of Western liberals and compatible with Asian cultural identities, particularly for those transplanted to the West. It also looks at the issue of whether such a modified conception of autonomy might not also be of value in addressing concern over the decline in civic virtue and public spiritedness in society resulting from increasing individualization. The enquiry uses a psychoanalytical approach.

Keywords:   Asian culture, Asian women, autonomy, cultural identity, female autonomy, psychoanalysis, women

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