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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807736982
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Toward a Theory of Affirmative Action 1
The Political and Economic Climate for the Backlash Against Present Race- and Gender-based Policy 2
What Is Affirmative Action? 4
A Brief History of Affirmative Action 7
Affirmative Action and Higher Education 10
Recent Attacks on Affirmative Action 12
The Need for a Theory of Affirmative Action 14
A Sketch of the Central Argument 16
Ch. 2 Markets, Measurement, and Affirmative Action 18
The Market as a Fair Selector - Problems with the Theory 18
The Problem with the Empirical Evidence: Market Efficiency and Educational Selection 23
Affirmative Action and Poverty 31
Ch. 3 A Case for a Backward-looking Gender- and Race-based Policy 33
The Problem: Race-based or Need-based Affirmative Action? 33
Conservative and Liberal Varieties of Need-based Affirmative Action 35
Some Differences Between the Two Approaches to Affirmative Action 39
The Preliminary Case for Race- and Gender-based Affirmative Action 44
Summary 46
Ch. 4 Group Rights and Historical Obligations 48
Defining Group Rights 48
Why Affirmative Action Is Confused with a Group Right: The Strategy of Simultaneity 51
Do Group-based Rights Violate Other People's Individual Rights? 53
Affirmative Action as Addressing Historical Debt 55
To Whom Is the Debt Owed? A Return to the Question of Group Rights 62
Summary 70
Ch. 5 Need, Diversity, and Group Variation 71
A Review of the Argument 71
Returning to the Role of Need and Diversity 72
Affirmative Action Should Work Differently for Different Groups 82
Conclusion 87
References 89
Index 93
About the Author 97
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