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p. 422. Is multiculturalism bad for women?locked

  • Ali Rattansi

Abstract

Suggesting that multiculturalism might be bad for women may seem odd given that multiculturalism originated around the same time as feminism. In fact there is no reason why claims for rights on behalf of diverse groups should not conflict. But if multiculturalism involves support for the survival of ethnic minority cultures and if the traditions of those cultures disadvantage women, then multiculturalism is bad for women. ‘Is multiculturalism bad for women?’ looks at examples of this such as female genital mutilation, force marriages, ‘honour’ killings, and issues relating to dress.

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