Race vs Class: The New Affirmative Action Debate

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Race versus Class traces the evolution of affirmative action policies and explores the issues surrounding the current debate. In addition to providing fundamental facts, the book presents original insights and recommendations for salvaging the policy. Included among the essays are case studies of race-exclusive scholarships, housing policies, and the Head Start program. The book also includes a discussion of the difficulty of measuring public opinion on affirmative action, and of how existing methods might be ...
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Overview

Race versus Class traces the evolution of affirmative action policies and explores the issues surrounding the current debate. In addition to providing fundamental facts, the book presents original insights and recommendations for salvaging the policy. Included among the essays are case studies of race-exclusive scholarships, housing policies, and the Head Start program. The book also includes a discussion of the difficulty of measuring public opinion on affirmative action, and of how existing methods might be improved. Sound public policy recommendations emerge from the book's racially diverse group of contributors. Contents: Affirmative Action Revisisted, Carol M. Swain; Racial Classifications, April Chou; Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action: Paradox or Paradigm?, Frederick Vars; Affirmative Action and Public Opinion Polls, Ricshawn Adkins; Philosophical Perspectives, Justin McCrary; Race-Exclusive Scholarships for Undergraduate Education, Jessica Malman; Fresh Start: Redefining Affirmative Action to Include Socioeconomic Class, Jonathon Goldman; Residential Segregation, Racial Discrimination, and the Road to Reform, Cindy Kam; The Head Start Program: Constructive Affirmative Action, Priya Rajan; Index.

Author Biography: Carol M. Swain is Associate Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Editorial Reviews

Bert A. Rockman
...superbly utilizes social research and analyses to illuminate the public policy debate over one of our thorniest issues, affirmative action. We are indebted to Carol Swain and her contributing authors for producing a work that sheds light and clarity on a subject that too often generates only heat.
Kerry L. Haynie
Carol Swain has assembled a collection of interesting, insightful, and thought provoking essays on one of the most contentious political questions of the last two decades. The essays provide crisp analysis and offer a new foundation on which future policy options might be built. Those interested in contemporary race relations and their impact on public policy should definitely read this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761804130
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/19/1996
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol M. Swain is Associate Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Affirmative Action Revisited 1
Ch. 2 Racial Classifications 45
Ch. 3 Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action: Paradox or Paradigm? 73
Ch. 4 Affirmative Action and Public Opinion Polls 101
Ch. 5 Philosophical Perspectives 125
Ch. 6 Race-Exclusive Scholarships for Undergraduate Education 143
Ch. 7 Fresh Start: Redefining Affirmative Action to Include Socioeconomic Class 185
Ch. 8 Residential Segregation, Racial Discrimination, and the Road to Reform 207
Ch. 9 The Head Start Program: Constructive Affirmative Action 247
Index 265
About the Contributors 283
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