Abstract

This article explores recent critiques in feminist theory to examine how gender-based asylum cases and human rights reporting on South Asia rely upon the most static and patriarchal understandings of culture to establish a basis for intervention or advocacy. It argues that while cultural practices indeed reflect upon women's status, for gender-based asylum cases the emphasis may be more effectively placed upon a particular political system's denial of women's rights, or upon the interface between culture and the political system, rather than upon "culture" itself.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1085-794X
Print ISSN
0275-0392
Pages
pp. 483-511
Launched on MUSE
2004-05-19
Open Access
No
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