In the 21st century, political, business and professional leadership and economic ownership is dominated by men on a global scale regardless of the prevailing type of regime or culture. This is also the case for religious leadership globally, another normative culture of increasing importance over the last decades. But over the last one and a half century gendered, social and cultural changes have taken place in a number of important areas, which could seem to have speeded up changes in both gender relations and normative and legal cultures over the last decades. On a global scale most institutions are organized according to patriarchal gendered and vertical principles, with men, elders and rulers at the top and women, youth and subjects of political-economic management below. However, there are always exceptions. Not all men make it to the top, and not all women are subjected. This book deals with some of the changes and the continuities in these developments especially over the last decades.
Prologue: Measuring Change. Contemporary Gender and Legal Culture Hanne Petersen GENDER CONSERVATIVISM AND CHANGE IN 'TRADITIONAL' LEGAL CULTURES Intersections of Gender and Legal Culture in Two Women Judge Shows: Judge Judy and Richterin Barbara Salesch Greta Olson Claiming the Right to Polygamy. Fundamentalist MormonChallenges to North American Legal Cultures Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen Masculine Domination in Turkish Legal Culture: An Analysis of the High Court Decisions Eylem Umit Atilgan Family Law and Gender in Morocco. Strategies for Change Mira M. Ramhoj The Noble Sami Men Ande Somby An Egalitarian Fiscal Culture Favours Gender Equality - the Swedish Example Asa Gunnarson SYMBOLIC CHANGE AND SUBVERSIVE TRADITIONS. CHANGING INTIMATE RELATIONS, INSTITUTIONS AND LEGAL CULTURES Restructuring Intimate Relations: Marriage, Cohabitation and Same-sex Relations - a Scandinavian Perspective Ingrid Lund-Andersen Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Couples in Denmark: From the First Debates to the Registered Partnership Act of 1989. Jose M. Villaverde Same-Sex Marriage in Denmark and Legal Culture Theis Munthe-Brun From Decriminalisation to Marriage: Changing Judicial, Political and Religious Attitudes in the United Kingdom to Gay and Lesbian Families Kenneth Norrie Same-Sex Marriage. An Old and New Issue in Asia Douglas Sanders Gender relations and Third Country Nationals - Some thoughts from a Greek perspective Eirini Tsifopoulou & Effrosyni Bakirtzi