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Multicultural Jurisdictions

Multicultural Jurisdictions
Cultural Differences and Women's Rights

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Part of Contemporary Political Theory

  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776745

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  • Is it possible for the state simultaneously to respect deep cultural differences and to protect the hard-won citizenship rights of vulnerable group members, particularly women? This 2001 book argues that it is not only theoretically needed, but also institutionally feasible. Rejecting prevalent normative and legal solutions to this 'paradox of multicultural vulnerability', Multicultural Jurisdictions develops a powerful argument for enhancement of the jurisdictional autonomy of religious and cultural minorities while at the same time providing viable legal-institutional solutions to the problem of sanctioned intra-group rights violation. This new 'joint governance' approach is guided by an innovative principle that strives for the reduction of injustice between minority groups and the wider society, together with the enhancement of justice within them. This book will interest students of political and social theory, law, religion, institutional design, as well as cultural and gender studies.

    • Interdisciplinary, comparative approach
    • Important contribution to current multiculturalist and feminist debates
    • Offers in-depth exploration of practical legal-institutional solutions to vital normative dilemmas in diverse societies
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    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776745
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 286 x 146 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The perils of multicultural accommodation
    3. Family law and the construction of collective identity
    4. State vs. nomos: lessons from contemporary law and normative theory
    5. Sharing the pieces of jurisdictional authority: mapping the possibilities
    6. Transformative accomodation: utilizing external protections to reduce internal restrictions
    7. Towards a resolution of the multiculturalism paradox: family law revisited
    8. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto
    Ayelet Shachar is Assistant Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She is also currently a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She has written extensively on issues of contemporary political theory, group rights and gender equality. Her most recent publications appear in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory and the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review. She has also contributed to several edited volumes including Multicultural Questions (1999); Citizenship in Diverse Societies (2000); and From Migrants to Citizens (2000).

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