Multiculturalism, Universalism, and the Claims Of Democracy

Anne Phillips

in Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256457
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601989 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Multiculturalism, Universalism, and the Claims Of Democracy

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This chapter explores the theory that liberal universalism “erases difference” in regards to women and other cultures, and considers the conflict and agreement between feminist and multicultural agendas. It identifies a “close family relationship” between the two opposing ideas of feminism and multiculturalism. Both share a critique of universalism for falsely generalizing one sex or one culture, both address oppressions that have a common structure, and tackle issues of inequality.

Keywords: multiculturalism; universalism; cultural relativism; democracy; feminism

Chapter.  10312 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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