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Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States$
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Monique Deveaux

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289790

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289790.001.0001

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Liberal Approaches to Conflicts of Culture

Liberal Approaches to Conflicts of Culture

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(p.23) 2 Liberal Approaches to Conflicts of Culture
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Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States
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Monique Deveaux (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289790.003.0002

How have liberal political theorists grappled with liberal democratic states’ sometimes competing commitments to sexual equality and accommodation of minority cultural groups? This chapter begins by offering a critique of the paradigm of toleration as a vehicle for reflecting on the accommodation of cultural minorities. It also engages liberal multiculturalism — work by Will Kymlicka, Brian Barry, and Susan Moller Okin — as well as more laissez-faire approaches to cultural accommodation, such as those of Chandran Kukathas, Jeff Spinner-Halev, and Jorge Valadez, critically evaluating their responses to the challenges presented when cultural arrangements (particularly of non-liberal cultural and religious minorities) conflict with sexual equality.

Keywords:   liberal multiculturalism, cultural accommodation, sexual equality, toleration, Will Kymlicka, Susan Moller Okin, Chandran Kukathas, Jeff Spinner-Halev, Brian Barry, Jorge Valadez

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