Affirmative Action Is Dead; Long Live Affirmative Action

byFaye J. Crosby

Paperback | February 17, 2004

Affirmative Action Is Dead; Long Live Affirmative Action by Faye J. Crosby
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Affirmative action is a much-debated policy, in employment as well as in education, in the Supreme Court as well as on the street. Yet as this book shows, affirmative action is both sensible and effective, differing little from many other government programs that evoke no controversy. Why don’t Americans wholeheartedly support affirmative action?

In this timely and accessible book, Faye J. Crosby analyzes several different explanations offered by social scientists to answer this important question. Some explanations suggest that opposition stems from a belief that affirmative action functions as a governmentally sanctioned form of reverse racism or sexism, or that it is ineffective or socially disruptive. Other explanations locate the problem in the ignorance or prejudice of the people who oppose the policy.

Crosby concludes by offering a different explanation, proposing that the American failure to endorse wholeheartedly what is a fair and effective policy arises, ironically, from Americans’ infatuation with justice. Smitten with the concept of merit, says Crosby, we are perturbed by a policy that invites us to recognize the complications of social justice.

Title:Affirmative Action Is Dead; Long Live Affirmative ActionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:February 17, 2004Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030019143X

ISBN - 13:9780300191431

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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