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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Social Difference and Constitutionalism in Pan-Asia

Edited by: Susan H. Williams

ISBN13: 9781107595736
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.99

In many countries, social differences, such as religion or race and ethnicity, threaten the stability of the social and legal order. This book addresses the role of constitutions and constitutionalism in dealing with the challenge of difference. The book brings together lawyers, political scientists, historians, religious studies scholars, and area studies experts to consider how constitutions address issues of difference across 'Pan-Asia', a wide swath of the world that runs from the Middle East, through Asia, and into Oceania.

The book's multidisciplinary and comparative approach makes it unique. The book is organized into five sections, each devoted to constitutional approaches to a particular type of difference - religion, ethnicity/race, urban/rural divisions, language, and gender and sexual orientation - in two or more countries in Pan Asia. The introduction offers a framework for thinking comprehensively about the many ways constitutionalism interacts with difference.

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Part I. Language:
1. Negotiating differences: India's language policy Benjamin B. Cohen
2. Constitution and language in post-independence Central Asia William Fierman

Part II. Urban/Rural:
3. Dreams of redemption: localist strategies of political reform in the Philippines Paul Hutchcroft
4. Constitutional rights and dialogic process in socialist Vietnam: protecting rural-to-urban migrants' rights without a constitutional court Huong Nguyen

Part III. Ethnicity and Race:
5. Asymmetrical federalism in Burma David C. Williams
6. Hu wants something new: discourse and the deep structure of Minzu policies in China Gardner Bovingdon

Part IV. Religion:
7. Sectarian visions of the Iraqi state: irreconcilable differences? Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi
8. Constitutionalism and religious difference in Israel (and a brief passage to Malaysia) Ran Hirschl

Part V. Gender and Sexuality:
9. Australia's gendered constitutional history and future Kim Rubenstein and Christabel Richards-Neville
10. Islamic feminism(s): promoting gender egalitarianism and challenging constitutional constraints Asma Afsaruddin
11. India, Nepal, and Pakistan: a unique South Asian constitutional discourse on sexual orientation and gender identity Sean Dickson and Steve Sanders.