Talking Affirmative Action: Race, Opportunity, and Everyday Ideology

Talking Affirmative Action: Race, Opportunity, and Everyday Ideology

By: Helen D. Lipson (author)Hardback

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Talking Affirmative Action takes a fresh look at affirmative action from the perspective of young white men on both sides of the issue. Through a nuanced examination of how advocates' and opponents' viewpoints overlap and diverge, Lipson links the controversy over affirmative action to perennial tensions between competing models of individualism, and of communitarian accountability, at the core of America's "traditional values." The book concludes with some provocative commentary on the future of affirmative action in the wake of the Supreme Court's 2003 decisions in favor of "holistic assessment."

About Author

Helen D. Lipson has taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead's New Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, Roosevelt University, the City Colleges of Chicago, and other schools. A former fellow of the Center for Urban Educational Research and Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Lipson is now a teacher, free-lance writer, and research consultant in Portland, Oregon.


Chapter 1 Introduction ~ public policy, public opinion, and everyday ideology ~ higher education and the allocation of opportunities ~ legislation, legal decisions, and present-day policy options Chapter 2 The Right Stuff: Merit and Diversity ~ talent, effort, just deserts, and the collective benefits of merit-based admissions ~ grades, test scores, and alternate measures ~ the benefits of professional-managerial diversity Chapter 3 Vicious Cycles: Race, Class, Discrimination, Dysfunction, and Other Explanations for Inequality ~ the persistence of everyday racism linstitutional racism in the workplace and the public schools ~ racism on campus ~ the culture of poverty ~ discrimi Chapter 4 Enough is Enough: Targeting Affirmative Action on the Basis of Age, Ethnicity, Educational Level, and Socioeconomic Background ~ comparing the American experience of blacks, Latinos, Asians, and "white ethnics" ~ race and class ~ the advantages of y Chapter 5 White Men's Burdens: Allocating Affirmative Action's Costs ~ What is college for? ~ costs and benefits of race-specific organizations or programming ~ allocating the burden of advancing racial equity among minority communities, white-majority instit Chapter 6 Taking Stock: Everyday Ideology and Affirmative Action's Future ~ policy preferences, racism, and "traditional values" ~ race, class, and test scores ~ the trouble with percentage plans ~ the trouble with Gratz, Grutter, and holistic assessment ~ im

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742538009
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780742538009
  • weight: 422
  • ISBN10: 0742538001

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