Ironies of Affirmative Action Politics, Culture, and Justice in America

ISBN-10: 0226761789

ISBN-13: 9780226761787

Edition: 1996

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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 He also shows, through an analysis of historical documents and court rulings, the complex and intriguing political circumstances which gave rise to these controversial policies.By exploring the mystery of how it took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.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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.

Preface
The Ironies of Affirmative Action
The Appeal of Color-Blindness 3: American Justice, Acceptable Preference, and the Boundaries of Legitimate Policymaking
Crisis Management through Affirmative Action
Administrative Pragmatism and the Affirmative Action Solution
Affirmative Action as Tradition
Creative Destruction in the Nixon Administration
Conclusion: Culture, Politics and Affirmative Action
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