Gendering Multiculturalism
Anne Phillips

Introduction In this lecture, Anne Phillips, director of the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, argues that a definition of multiculturalism which fails to take equality of the sexes as one of its central tenets would be indefensible. The debate about the multicultural society must therefore be complicated to take into account the fraught issue of gender equality. Phillips points out that well intentioned commitments to recognising the diversity and legitimacy of different cultures might well lead to a situation where public authorities turn a blind eye to coercive practices that institutionalise women's subordination. Cultural sensitivity should not be prized over the basic rights of women.

This video recording was taken from a lecture delivered at the London School of Economics on November 9, 2000.