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Lindgren, Erik LU (2014) STVK02 20132
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
The subject of this thesis is polygamy – marriages between more that two parties. It is a phenomenon that in the present day is most prevalent as polygyny, which denotes marriages between one man and two or more women. The thesis’ research question is Can polygamy be justified? Polygamy is justifiable, if its existence in a society is considered to be desirable. Two normative theories, both liberal, are used to answer this question, namely Rawls’ Justice as Fairness and the autonomy principle. The study applies a normative method and explores, with an argumentative character, whether a justification can be reached. Four arguments against such a justification are discussed, of which the argument that claims that polygamy is oppressive... (More)
The subject of this thesis is polygamy – marriages between more that two parties. It is a phenomenon that in the present day is most prevalent as polygyny, which denotes marriages between one man and two or more women. The thesis’ research question is Can polygamy be justified? Polygamy is justifiable, if its existence in a society is considered to be desirable. Two normative theories, both liberal, are used to answer this question, namely Rawls’ Justice as Fairness and the autonomy principle. The study applies a normative method and explores, with an argumentative character, whether a justification can be reached. Four arguments against such a justification are discussed, of which the argument that claims that polygamy is oppressive against women is considered to be the most convincing one. These arguments are primarily countered by three liberal standpoints: that the state should not make a hierarchy between its citizens’ life goals, that there should be respect for each and every citizen’s capability to formulate such goals and that the state – seen as a system of cooperation – should formulate terms for the cooperation that all citizens can accept. The latter arguments lead to the conclusion of the thesis that polygamy is justifiable. (Less)
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Lindgren, Erik LU
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organization
alternative title
En normativ studie av polygama äktenskaps rättfärdigande
course
STVK02 20132
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
månggifte, polygami, polygyni, Rawls, autonomiprincipen, monogami, liberalism, polygamy, polygyny, the autonomy principle, monogamy
language
Swedish
id
4229119
date added to LUP
2014-02-04 18:47:56
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2014-09-04 08:27:40
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  abstract     = {The subject of this thesis is polygamy – marriages between more that two parties. It is a phenomenon that in the present day is most prevalent as polygyny, which denotes marriages between one man and two or more women. The thesis’ research question is Can polygamy be justified? Polygamy is justifiable, if its existence in a society is considered to be desirable. Two normative theories, both liberal, are used to answer this question, namely Rawls’ Justice as Fairness and the autonomy principle. The study applies a normative method and explores, with an argumentative character, whether a justification can be reached. Four arguments against such a justification are discussed, of which the argument that claims that polygamy is oppressive against women is considered to be the most convincing one. These arguments are primarily countered by three liberal standpoints: that the state should not make a hierarchy between its citizens’ life goals, that there should be respect for each and every citizen’s capability to formulate such goals and that the state – seen as a system of cooperation – should formulate terms for the cooperation that all citizens can accept. The latter arguments lead to the conclusion of the thesis that polygamy is justifiable.},
  author       = {Lindgren, Erik},
  keyword      = {månggifte,polygami,polygyni,Rawls,autonomiprincipen,monogami,liberalism,polygamy,polygyny,the autonomy principle,monogamy},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Gift för samhället?},
  year         = {2014},
}