From multiculturalism to technique: Feminism, culture, and the conflict of laws style

Karen Knop, Ralf Michaels, Annelise Riles*

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Abstract

The German Chancellor, the French President, and the British Prime Minister have each grabbed world headlines with pronouncements that their states' policies of multiculturalism have failed. As so often, domestic debates about multiculturalism, as well as foreign policy debates about human rights in non-Western countries, revolve around the treatment of women. Yet feminists are no longer even certain how to frame, let alone resolve, the issues raised by veiling, polygamy, and other cultural practices oppressive to women by Western standards. Feminism has become perplexed by the very concept of "culture." This impasse is detrimental both to women's equality and to concerns for cultural autonomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-656
Number of pages68
JournalStanford Law Review
Volume64
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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