Plural Autonomy – Force, Endorsement and Cultural Diversity

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:
Plural Autonomy – Force, Endorsement and Cultural Diversity

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This chapter examines the issues of plural autonomy and cultural diversity, focusing on the British debate on forced marriage. It argues in defence of universal normative commitment to individual self-direction which the chapter frames in terms of a right to autonomy and explains that a commitment to this universal right sometimes justifies special protective measures for women of non-liberal cultures. The chapter then investigates whether liberal conceptions of autonomy permit a meaningful distinction between forced and arranged marriage and explains the concept of plural autonomy. It concludes that the difficulties involved in ascertaining the issue of endorsement for legal purposes indicates the need for a range of policies through, which women's rights to autonomy can be supported, without incurring the costs of cultural alienation that would arise from imposing liberal values on them comprehensively.

Keywords: plural autonomy; cultural diversity; British debate; forced marriage; right to autonomy; non-liberal cultures; endorsement; women's rights

Chapter.  15661 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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