Unveiling Mediation and Autonomy – Women's Rights as Citizenship and Reciprocity

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:
Unveiling Mediation and Autonomy – Women's Rights as Citizenship and Reciprocity

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This chapter expresses support for the concept of conceiving women's rights as multicultural claims by highlights the issues of rights to mediation and autonomy and the presumption for educational accommodation. It discusses the way in which attention to cultural particularity serves to reconfigure universal judgements about gender justice in an interest theory of rights. It explores the origins of the ‘headscarves affair’ and defines reciprocity in terms of non-alienation. It argues that women would be more likely to participate in the dialogues of the right to mediation if they have not been alienated from state education and invokes a different conception of reciprocity in order to engage with the complicated issue of whether Muslim women endorse their decisions to wear the veil.

Keywords: women's rights; multicultural claims; right to mediation; right to autonomy; educational accommodation; cultural particularity; headscarves affair; reciprocity; Muslim women

Chapter.  13219 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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