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Multicultural jurisdictions: The need for a feminist approach to law and religion

Thompson, Sharon and Sandberg, Russell 2019. Multicultural jurisdictions: The need for a feminist approach to law and religion. In: Sandberg, Russell ed. Leading Works in Law and Religion, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 179-196.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the need for a feminist approach to Law and Religion through considering Ayelet Shachar’s Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women’s Rights as a leading work. On account of it being discussed during Rowan Williams’ infamous lecture on ‘Civil and Religious Law in England’ , Shachar’s book is widely cited. Our chapter shows, however, that Shachar’s diagnosis of the situation shows what a feminist approach to Law and Religion could achieve, ironically Shachar’s proposed solution of transformative accommodation suffers from many of the defects she is rightly critical of. We suggest instead that a feminist approach, derived from Thompson’s previous work on prenuptial agreements, can provide a way forward. More generally, the chapter suggests that a feminist approach provides one way in which the Law and Religion field could be developed and rejuvenated.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Routledge
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 09:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/114008

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