Negotiating Gender and (Free and Equal) Citizenship: The Place of Associations
31 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2004
This article focuses on the place of associations within John Rawls's political liberalism and in feminist liberalism. It revisits crucial components of political liberalism in light of feminist criticisms, such as those of Susan Moller Okin and Martha Nussbaum, that political liberalism's protection of associational life hinders women's free and equal citizenship. Offering a different reading of Rawls, it finds greater potential to draw on political liberalism to support such citizenship. It then brings liberal feminist ideas about the place of associations into dialogue with recent feminist work on gender, rights, and culture calling for models of rights within culture rather than rights versus culture.
Keywords: Rawls, feminism, associations, multiculturalism, liberalism, gender, culture
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