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The Right to Mediation – Recognising the Cultural Particularity of Interests and Vulnerabilities

Monica Mookherjee

in Women's Rights as Multicultural Claims

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632794
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652556 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632794.003.0002
The Right to Mediation – Recognising the Cultural Particularity of Interests and Vulnerabilities

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This chapter argues in defence of the so-called right to mediation or the right of minority groups to participate in consultative fora in order to articulate the values that inform their practices in the course of justifying their claims. It explains that the right to mediation recognises openly that cultural and religious conventions are likely to give rise to complex benefits and burdens for women. It concludes by arguing that the normative limitations of deliberation entail that the right to mediation must presuppose at least one freestanding universal right. It argues that women's positive interests, goals, and priorities are not always synonymous with liberal interests and that the vulnerabilities that they experience can also often depend on the specificities of their cultures.

Keywords: right to mediation; minority groups; consultative fora; women; normative limitations; universal right; liberal interests; cultures

Chapter.  16856 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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