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Complex equality: beyond equality and difference?

Armstrong, Chris (2002) Complex equality: beyond equality and difference? Feminist Theory, 3, (1), pp. 67-82. (doi:10.1177/1460012002003001066).

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Equality has become a highly controversial concept within feminism, not least because standard egalitarian accounts have been accused of neglecting both difference and also issues of real concern to feminists, such as the structure of the 'domestic' sphere, contexts of power, and responsibility for domestic work. Michael Walzer's theory of 'complex equality' promises a commitment to equality that deploys a much broader analytical focus, and yet is sensitive to difference. As such, it merits attention from feminists. In this article, I will begin to investigate the possibilities offered by this theory, by examining the positions it can generate on issues of domestic work and decision-making power. It will be my contention that Walzer's own position on these issues is a little abbreviated, but that a distinctive and worthwhile account can be developed merely by applying arguments he has advanced elsewhere.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: division of labour, domestic work, egalitarianism, power, walzer


Local EPrints ID: 34913
ISSN: 1464-7001
PURE UUID: 12dab196-c47f-42af-a64d-6243682dda87

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Date deposited: 17 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:49

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