Debating Affirmative Action: Race, Gender, Ethnicity and the Politics of Inclusion

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Representing various perspectives on affirmative action, this stimulating anthology collects 28 articles from such publications as the New Republic , the American Prospect and various newspapers and academic journals. Mills, professor of American studies at Sarah Lawrence, contributes a thoughtful historical introduction and suggests, as does William Julius Wilson, that ``race-neutral'' social programs and an improved economy might stem the growing polarization between races. Among those offering overviews are Shelby Steele, who argues for ``development and antidiscrimination, rather than entitlement,'' and Alice Kessler-Harris, whose original essay on ``Feminism and Affirmative Action'' points out that preferential treatment for such a large group as women, makes them vulnerable to angry backlash. Sections on affirmative action in the job market, featuring Cornel West and Clarence Thomas, and on campus, including Dinesh D'Souza and Andrew Hacker, could be more comprehensive. Better is a section of personal essays, in which Patricia Williams recounts her own struggles against discrimination on the street and in law reviews, and the pseudonymous G. Kindrow describes the frustrations of an affirmative action search at a large Midwestern university. Also strong is the final section, which looks to a future in which Drew Days endorses ``enlarging the pie'' and Viet D. Dinh warns of the fine line ``between racial entitlement and racial exclusion.'' (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385312219
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: To Look Like America 1
1 A Negative Vote on Affirmative Action 37
2 Persuasion and Distrust: The Affirmative Action Debate 48
3 Feminism and Affirmative Action 68
4 Equality and Identity 83
5 Affirmative Action Goals and Timetables: Too Tough? Not Tough Enough! 89
6 Opening the Work Door for Women 100
7 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: From Prohibiting to Requiring Racial Discrimination in Employment 104
8 The Death of the Profane 117
9 The Civil Rights Act: White Men's Hope 126
10 If You Hadn't Been Mexican 129
11 Beneath the Glass Ceiling 135
12 The Candidate: Inside One Affirmative Action Search 140
13 Racial Preferences? So What? 151
14 Race-Neutral Programs and the Democratic Coalition 159
15 Just Say Latino 174
16 The Politics of Diversion: Blame It on the Blacks 180
17 Affirmative Racism 191
18 The Great White Myth 211
19 Education: Ethnicity and Achievement 214
20 Sins of Admission 230
21 Diversity and Excellence in Higher Education 237
22 Who's the Real Affirmative Action Profiteer? 247
23 Civil Rights at the Crossroads 261
24 Multiracial Affirmative Action 280
25 The Choice 290
26 Affirmative Action and Immigration 300
27 "Self-Help" Just Won't Do It All 304
28 Affirmative Action's Outer Limits 309
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