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Toward a Humanist JusticeThe Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin$
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Debra Satz and Rob Reich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.001.0001

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The Dilemma of a Dutiful Daughter

The Dilemma of a Dutiful Daughter

Love and Freedom in the Thought of Kartini

(p.181) 10 The Dilemma of a Dutiful Daughter
Toward a Humanist Justice

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This chapter uses the life of a Javanese woman at the end of the 19th century to explore the tensions between individual freedom and familial loyalty. In particular, it shows that although Kartini had the freedom to leave her family and shake off cultural expectations about women's role, she was ultimately unwilling to do so. The chapter argues that Kartini's dilemma tells against Okin's own proffered solution to the liberation of women from constricting cultures: state intervention to provide education. Kartini had an education, she had a desire to pursue her own goals, she had the resources to do so, and she had parental approval. What she did not have, The chapter concludes, was the social milieu that would allow her to pursue those ambitions and still enjoy both the approval of the community and a clear conscience.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, loyalty, cultural expectations, exit rights, gender inequality

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