Inequalities Between the Sexes in Different Cultural Contexts

Susan Moller Okin

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Inequalities Between the Sexes in Different Cultural Contexts

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Okin argues that what is unjust in the situation of women in developing countries is not different in kind from the injustices that unequal family structures produce in developed countries. In both cases, the family, which claims to be a source of love and a school for ethical virtue, often manifests and perpetuates injustice. Contending against feminists opposed to generalizing about the context of women, Okin maintains that generalizing with proper caution and sensitivity can be a valuable and crucial part of good feminist argument, bringing to light what is salient and pervasive in unjust laws and practices.

Keywords: family; gender roles; justice; oppression

Chapter.  12329 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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