Engaging Cultural Differences: The Multicultural Challenge in Liberal Democracies by Russell Sage Foundation (Paperback, 2004)
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- DescriptionLiberal democracies are based on principles of inclusion and tolerance. But how does the principle of tolerance work in practice in countries such as Germany, France, India, South Africa, and the United States, where an increasingly wide range of cultural groups holds often contradictory beliefs about appropriate social and family life practices? As these democracies expand to include peoples of vastly different cultural backgrounds, the limits of tolerance are being tested as never before. Engaging Cultural Differences explores how liberal democracies respond socially and legally to differences in the cultural and religious practices of their mirity groups. The contributors - an interdisciplinary group of legal scholars, anthropologists, psychologists, and political theorists - explore several interrelated questions: Does the law in these countries presuppose and codify the beliefs and values of the cultural mainstream? To what extent does the law affect the customs of ethnic mirity groups, and how do these groups react to official attempts to force compliance with the dominant rms? How much cultural diversity in family practices ought to be permissible within the framework of a pluralistic, democratic society? Some of the practices addressed include ethnic traditions about selecting marital partners, parent-child relationships, religiously based clothing requirements for women, genital alteration, and religion and schooling. Building on such examples, the contributors examine the role of tolerance in practical encounters between state officials and immigrants, and between members of longstanding majority groups and increasing numbers of mirity groups. The volume also considers the theoretical implications of expanding the realm of tolerance. Engaging Cultural Differences provides a compelling examination of the challenges of multiculturalism and reveals a deep understanding of the difficulties democracies face as they seek to accommodate their citizens' diverse beliefs and practices.
- Author Biography<b>RICHARD A. SHWEDER</b>, an anthropologist, is professor of human development at the University of Chicago.</p><b>MARTHA MINOW</b> is professor of law at Harvard University.</p><b>HAZEL R. MARKUS</b> is professor of psychology at Stanford University.</p><b>CONTRIBUTORS: </b> Richard A. Shweder, Martha Minow, Hazel Rose Markus, Caroline Bledsoe, David L. Chambers, Jane Maslow Cohen, Joanna Davidson, Arthur N. Eisenberg, Karen Engle, Katherine Pratt Ewing, Heejung S. Kim, Corinne A. Kratz, Maivan Clech Lam, Usha Menon, Victoria C. Plaut, Alison Dundes Renteln, Lloyd I. Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, Lawrence G. Sager, Austin Sarat, Claude M. Steele, Dorothy M. Steele, Nomi Stolzenberg, Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, and Unni Wikan.</p>
- PublisherRussell Sage Foundation
- Date of Publication02/12/2004
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRussell Sage Foundation
- Weight771 g
- Width170 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edited byHazel Rose Markus,Martha Minow,Richard A. Shweder
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