TITLE

The Weight of Context: Headscarves in Holland

AUTHOR(S)
Verhaar, Odile; Saharso, Sawitri
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Ethical Theory & Moral Practice;Apr2004, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p179
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper explores the potential of a contextual approach to multicultural conflict. It reconstructs two cases that were hotly debated in the Netherlands—‘Islamic’ headscarves for police officers and for court officers—and asks whether a ‘contextual’ approach reaches compromises and thus promotes social stability more easily than a ‘deductive’ approach. The argument is that a ‘deductive’ approach accepts standing interpretations of normative principles, whereas a ‘contextual’ approach reinterprets these principles in the light of the circumstances and that, whether or not it promotes social stability, a contextual approach makes us attend to otherwise neglected perspectives and thus yields greater normative insights.
ACCESSION #
17020154

 

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