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Distinguishing Between Difference and Domination: Reflections on the Relation Between Pluralism and Equality

Joseph H. Carens

in Culture, Citizenship, and Community

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297680
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297688.003.0004
Distinguishing Between Difference and Domination: Reflections on the Relation Between Pluralism and Equality

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Focuses on the relationship between cultural difference and equal opportunity. Because cultural heritages can affect the motivation and the capacity to take advantage of conventionally valued opportunities, some argue that respect for cultural differences requires us to accept social and economic inequalities between groups. The chapter uses the cases of Asian Americans, the Amish, African Americans and women to qualify and challenge this claim. It concludes that the relationship between pluralism and equality is generally complementary, and that this complementariness is enhanced when social institutions minimize inequalities.

Keywords: African Americans; Amish; Asian Americans; cultural difference; equal opportunity; equality; pluralism; women

Chapter.  8961 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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