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Challenging Diversity
Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference

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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521831833

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  • Davina Cooper addresses major questions currently facing political and social theory, particularly in relation to debates about diversity. These questions concern how we identify the boundaries of legitimate forms of difference, and understand equality and inequality as well as the challenges of sustaining differing progressive practices. Cooper links theoretical discussion to specific conflicts over social and cultural issues, such as religious symbolism, lesbian and gay marriage and cigarette smoking.

    • Offers a new theoretical framework that addresses social relations of inequality
    • Highlights problems in existing theoretical perspectives on social diversity and difference
    • Draws upon a range of debates across socio-theoretical, feminist, multi-culturalist and socio-legal studies and will have broad appeal
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    "[The book's] strength is in its commitment to providing a detailed, nuanced analysis of the interrelationships among organizing principles of inequality and various other social norms and institutions." Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Nancy Ehrenreich

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    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521831833
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: mapping the terrain
    2. Diversity politics: beyond a pluralism without limits
    3. From blokes to smokes: theorising the difference
    4. Towards equality of power
    5. Normative encounters: the politics of same-sex spousal equality
    6. Getting in the way: the social power of nuisance
    7. Oppositional routines: the problem of embedding change
    8. Safeguarding community pathways: 'possibly the happiest school in the world' and other porous places
    9. Diversity through equality.

  • Author

    Davina Cooper, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Davina Cooper is Professor of Law and Political Theory, School of Law, University of Kent and Director of the AHRB Research Centre in Law, Gender and Sexuality. Her previous publications include Sexing the City: Lesbian and Gay Politics within the Activist State (1994), Power in Struggle: Feminism, Sexuality and the State (1995), Governing Out of Order: Space, Law and the Politics of Belonging (1998).

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