Equality and Difference

Judith Squires

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Equality and Difference

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This article examines the contemporary debate concerning the issues of equality and difference. It suggests that equality now appears, in both policy and theory debates, to require a respect for difference rather than a search for similarities. It argues that equality is increasingly theorized as an issue of maldistribution, oppression, and domination. It explains that while liberal egalitarianism focuses primarily on maldistribution, and a politics of recognition addresses cultural oppression, theories of democratic inclusion engage with the need to eradicate domination.

Keywords: equality; difference; maldistribution; cultural oppression; domination; democratic inclusion; liberal egalitarianism

Article.  6447 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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