Redefining Equality

Paperback | December 1, 1997

EditorNeal Devins, Davison M. Douglas

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The idea of equality is central to American civic life and one of the foundations of our national identity. Charges of unequal treatment continue to be voiced nationwide, in both the public discourse and the courts, yet there is no consensus on the meaning of equality. Competing views on thistopic have erupted into a cultural conflict that looms large in contemporary American politics. In this collection of insightful essays, distinguished scholars in law, history, and social science present varying perspectives on this fundamental concept. Addressing the specific cases behind the headlines and the abstract arguments within the legal texts, the contributors look closely ateverything from school bussing programs and affirmative action to the role of the courts and the politics of equality. Various examples and definitions of equality, culled from America's past and present, are summarized and examined in ways that illustrate how and why equality issues directly affectmen and women of all races and backgrounds. Redefining Equality, a balanced array of assessments regarding our nation's historical and contemporary thoughts on equality and civil rights, will prove most informative to students of law, political science, and recent American history.

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The idea of equality is central to American civic life and one of the foundations of our national identity. Charges of unequal treatment continue to be voiced nationwide, in both the public discourse and the courts, yet there is no consensus on the meaning of equality. Competing views on thistopic have erupted into a cultural conflict ...

Neal Devins is a Professor of Law and a Lecturer in Government at the College of William and Mary School of Law. He is the author, most recently, of Shaping Constitutional Values (1996). Davison M. Douglas, also a Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary Law School, is the author of Reading, Writing, and Race (1995).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195116658

ISBN - 13:9780195116656

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Table of Contents

1. Davison M. Douglas and Neal Devins: The Pursuit of Equality2. Kathryn Abrams: Equality and Impasse: Mobilizing Group-Based Perspectives in an Era of Group-Blindness3. Reva Siegel: Civil Rights Reform in Historical Perspective: Regulating Marital Violence4. David A. Strauss: The Illusory Distinction Between Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Result5. Jennifer L. Hochschild: The Word 'American' Ends in 'Can': The Ambiguous Promise of the American Dream6. Jeremy Rabkin: Racial Divisions and Judicial Obstructions7. Hugh Davis Graham: The Politics of Clientele Capture: Civil Rights Policy and the Reagan Administration8. Christine H. Rossell: The Convergence of Black and White Attitudes on School Desegregation Issues9. Drew S. Days III: Brown Blues: Rethinking the Integrative Ideal10. Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic: The Social Construction of Brown v. Board of Education: Law Reform and the Reconstructive Paradox11. Gerald N. Rosenberg: The Irrelevant Court: The Supreme Court's Inability to Influence Popular Beliefs about Equality (or Anything Else)12. Erwin Chemerinsky: Can Courts Make a Difference?13. David J. Garrow: The Supreme Court's Pursuit of Equality and Liberty and the Burdens of History14. Neal Devins: The Judicial Role in Equality Decision-Making

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"The essays are interesting and helpful in presenting some of the major perspectives on equality....this book should prove useful to scholars, graduate students, and law students interested in exploring equlity issues."--The Law and Politics Book Review