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Cambridge Cultural Social Studies : Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference - Davina Cooper

Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference

Paperback Published: 24th August 2004
ISBN: 9780521539548
Number Of Pages: 248

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What challenges are presented by the claim that diversity should be celebrated? How should equality politics respond to controversial constituencies, such as smokers and sports hunters, when they position themselves as disadvantaged? Challenging Diversity brings a new and original approach to key issues facing social, political and cultural theory. Critically engaging with feminist, radical democratic and liberal scholarship, the book addresses four major challenges confronting a radical equality politics. Namely, what does equality mean for preferences and choices that appear harmful; are equality's subjects individuals, groups or something else; what power do dominant norms have to undermine equality-oriented reforms; and can radical practices endure when they collide with the mainstream? Taking examples from religion, gender, sexuality, state policy-making and intentional communities, Challenging Diversity maps new ways of understanding equality, explores the politics of its pursuit, and asks what kinds of diversity does a radical version of equality engender.

'In Challenging Diversity Davina Cooper is engaged in defining how to approach equality in the contemporary developed world, where a politics of diversity has complex manifestation.' Social and Legal Studies '... this is a rich and dense monograph, which weaves a wide array of concerns into a theoretically sophisticated framework for negotiating the challenges of diversity from a radical pluralist perspective.' Feminist Legal Studies

Diversity politics: beyond a pluralism without limits
From blokes to smokes: theorising the difference
Towards equality of power
Normative encounters: the politics of same-sex spousal equality
Getting in the way: the social power of nuisance
Oppositional routines: the problem of embedding change
Safeguarding community pathways: 'possibly the happiest school in the world' and other porous places
Diversity through equality
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ISBN: 9780521539548
ISBN-10: 0521539544
Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 24th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41