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Affirmative action has been fiercely debated for more than a quarter of a century, producing much partisan literature, but little serious scholarship and almost nothing on its cultural and political origins. The Ironies of Affirmative Action is the first book-length, comprehensive, historical account of the development of affirmative action.

Analyzing both the resistance from the Right and the support from the Left, Skrentny brings to light the unique moral culture that has shaped the affirmative action debate, allowing for starkly different policies for different citizens. He also shows, through an analysis of historical documents and court rulings, the complex and intriguing political circumstances which gave rise to these controversial policies.

By exploring the mystery of how it took less than five years for a color-blind policy to give way to one that explicitly took race into account, Skrentny uncovers and explains surprising ironies: that affirmative action was largely created by white males and initially championed during the Nixon administration; that many civil rights leaders at first avoided advocacy of racial preferences; and that though originally a political taboo, almost no one resisted affirmative action.

With its focus on the historical and cultural context of policy elites, The Ironies of Affirmative Action challenges dominant views of policymaking and politics.

Synopsis:

Affirmative action has been fiercely debated for more than a quarter of a century, producing much partisan literature, but little serious scholarship and almost nothing on its cultural and political origins. The Ironies of Affirmative Action offers the first book-length, comprehensive, historical account of the development of this hotly debated issue.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-293) and index.

About the Author

John David Skrentny is associate professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Ironies of Affirmative Action: Politics, Culture, and Justice in America, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

1: The Ironies of Affirmative Action

2: The Appeal of Color-Blindness

3: American Justice, Acceptable Preference, and the Boundaries of

Legitimate Policymaking

4: Crisis Management through Affirmative Action

5: Administrative Pragmatism and the Affirmative Action Solution

6: Affirmative Action as Tradition

7: Creative Destruction in the Nixon Administration

8: Conclusion: Culture, Politics and Affirmative Action

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226761787
Subtitle:
Politics, Culture, and Justice in America
Author:
Skrentny, John David
Author:
Skrentny, John David
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Labor & Employment
Subject:
Affirmative action programs
Subject:
Affirmative action programs -- United States.
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Morality and Society Series
Series Volume:
84-397
Publication Date:
19960501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Affirmative action has been fiercely debated for more than a quarter of a century, producing much partisan literature, but little serious scholarship and almost nothing on its cultural and political origins. The Ironies of Affirmative Action offers the first book-length, comprehensive, historical account of the development of this hotly debated issue.
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