Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism

Xiaorong Li

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

 Gender Inequality in China and Cultural Relativism

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Li provides an account of women's inequality in China and its relation to traditional norms. Contending against cultural relativist approaches to China and in favour of a more internationalist and critical framework, Li concludes that the capabilities ethic as developed by Sen and Nussbaum can diagnose what is wrong in the situation and promote women's equality with neither patriarchal imposition nor historical insensitivity.

Keywords: capability approach; Confucianism; cultural relativism; cultural traditions; false consciousness; patriarchy; People's Republic of China; policy

Chapter.  8885 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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