Equality, culture and conflicts of rights in South Africa

210mm X 148mm
ISBN 0-7969-2031-1
In print
To download the electronic version of this book, click here.

The contemporary debate between liberalism and multiculturalism is often cast in the mould of a conflict between the rights of individuals and the cultural claims of groups. In modern liberal democracies, the state has to negotiate between these two frequently incompatible claims, and formulate policy and legislation in such a way that is both sensitive to the claims of groups, while still protecting the rights of vulnerable persons, in particular women and children, within those groups.

Dr Kristina A. Bentley has an MA in political theory from Rhodes University and completed a PhD in the department of government at the University of Manchester in 2001. From 1996–1998, Dr Bentley was a lecturer in political theory in the Department of Political Studies and International Relations at Rhodes University. Her areas of research interest are theories and concepts of rights, the rights of vulnerable persons, rights and multiculturalism, and the enforceability of social and economic rights. Her publications include the entry, ‘Civil Rights’ in the Reader’s guide to Social Science (Fitzroy-Dearborn 2001) and an article in Sapientia (September 2000) on ‘Suggesting a “separate” approach to utility and rights: Deontological specification and teleological enforcement of human rights’. She was awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Research Grant in 1998–2001 and the Norman Chester Fund Award in 2001.