Affirmative Action: The Pros and Cons of Policy and Practice

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Law - 276 pages
Hailed at the time of its original publication as a thorough and balanced debate of one of America's most vexing political issues, Affirmative Action employs a pro and con format to provide a concise introduction to this divisive debate. In a new, substantive introduction, Richard F. Tomasson offers a short history of the affirmative action debate and addresses new developments since the book's original appearance. In Part One, authors Crosby and Herzberger draw on state and federal court decisions, federal decrees, and university practices to support affirmative action to counter racial and gender bias. In Part Two, Tomasson cites the same kinds of evidence to argue against affirmative action programs.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
3
The Issues
5
Defining Affirmative Action
11
Underlying Issue of Need
27
Fairness and Affirmative Action
41
The Effectiveness of Affirmative Action
57
Making Affirmative Action Work
65
The Promise of Affirmative Action
85
Affirmative Action
157
Section
171
Affirmative Action in Education
189
Group Differences Wont Go Away
197
Affirmative Action for Blacks? Hispanics? Women?
205
The People and Affirmative Action
235
Appendix One
249
Notes
255

Notes
91
References
99
Acknowledgments
113
The Origins of Affirmative Action
125
The Varieties of Affirmative Action
135
References
263
Index
269
About the Authors
275
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\Richard F. Tomasson is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of New Mexico and author of Social Security: The First Half Century. Faye J. Crosby is professor of psychology at Smith College and author of Juggling: The Unexpected Advantages of Balancing Career and Home for Women and Their Families. Sharon D. Herzberger is professor of psychology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and author of Violence Within the Family: Social Psychological Perspectives.

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