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  • Page extent: 248 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.37 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521539548 | ISBN-10: 0521539544)

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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.


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.

Prize Winner

2005 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (1/05)


"[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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