Engaging Cultural Differences The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies

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ISBN-13: 9780871547958
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Description: What does tolerance mean and how does it work in practice, in such countries as the U.S., Germany, France, India, Norway, and South Africa? Twenty-five scholars--all but one from the U.S.--from the fields of law, anthropology, psychology, and  More...

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date: 12/2/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 499
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

What does tolerance mean and how does it work in practice, in such countries as the U.S., Germany, France, India, Norway, and South Africa? Twenty-five scholars--all but one from the U.S.--from the fields of law, anthropology, psychology, and political theory explore how liberal democracies do and should respond legally to differences in cultural and religious practices of minority group residents. The 21 essays explore the processes that create diversity, forms of cultural accommodation other than group status or rights, ways in which minority groups position themselves in relation to universal human rights claims, and the contrasting conceptions of group differences as they affect institutional and legal practices. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Martha Minow is Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

Hazel Rose Markus is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also co-directs the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Before moving to Stanford in 1994, she was a professor at the University of Michigan, where she received her Ph.D. The focus of her work is the sociological shaping of mind and self. Born in England of English parents and raised in San Diego, California, she has been persistently fascinated by how nation of origin, region of the country, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and social class shape self and identity. With her colleague Shinobu Kitayama at the University of Michigan, she has pioneered the experimental study of how culture and self influence one another. Markus was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and Division 8. Some of her recent co-edited books include CULTURE AND EMOTION: EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF MUTUAL INFLUENCE, ENGAGING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: THE MULTICULTURAL CHALLENGE IN LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES, and JUST SCHOOLS: PURSUING EQUAL EDUCATION IN SOCIETIES OF DIFFERENCE.

David A. Charters is a professor in the Department of History at the University of New Brunswick and an amateur sports car racer.

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction: Engaging Cultural Differences
One Nation, Many Cultures: Contested Practices and Group Status in Liberal Democracies
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Assimilation But Were Afraid to Ask
Living with Multiculturalism: Universalism and Particularism in an Indian Historical Context
Legislating Religious Freedom: Muslim Challenges to the Relationship Between Church and State in Germany and France
Civilizing the Natives: Customary Marriage in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Immigrants, Agency, and Allegiance: Some Notes from Anthropology and from Law
Citizenship on Trial: Nadia's Case
Cultural Accommodation and its Limits
Accommodation and Coherence: in Search of a General Theory for Adjudicating Claims of Faith, Conscience, and Culture
The Free Exercise of Culture: Some Doubts and Distinctions
The Culture of Property
In Defense of Culture in the Courtroom
"What About Female Genital Mutilation?" and Why Understanding Culture Matters in the First Place
About Women, About Culture: About Them, About Us
The Universal Human Rights Debate: Mobilization and Resistance
Between Nationalism and Feminism: Indigenous Women, Community, and State
Neither Victim Nor Rebel: Feminism and the Morality of Gender and Family Life in a Hindu Temple Town
Circumcision Debates and Asylum Cases: Intersecting Arenas, Contested Values, and Tangled Webs
From Skepticism to Embrace: Human Rights and the American Anthropological Association from 1947 to 1999
Conceptions of Difference and the Differences They Make
Cultural Models of Diversity in America: The Psychology of Difference and Inclusion
The Micropolitics of Identity-Difference: Recognition and Accommodation in Everyday Life
Plural Society and Interethnic Relations in Guinea-Bissau
Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Silence: An Analysis of Talking as a Cultural Practice
Color Blindness as a Barrier to Inclusion: Assimilation and Nonimmigrant Minorities
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