Provides a comprehensive and even-handed overview of the very contentious subject of affirmative action.
Racism, sexism, and ethnic discrimination have long represented a seemingly intractable problem. Affirmative action was conceived as an attack on these ingrained problems, but today it is widely misunderstood. This volume reviews new developments in affirmative action law, policy, and ideological conflict in the areas of employment, education, voting, and housing. The revised edition adds a discussion of age, disability, and sexual-orientation discrimination, providing a truly comprehensive portrait of affirmative action that is informed by history, law, political science, sociology, and economics.
William M. Leiter is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach. He is the coauthor (with Samuel Leiter) of the first edition of Affirmative Action in Antidiscrimination Law and Policy: An Overview and Synthesis (also published by SUNY Press). The late Samuel Leiter was a civil rights and labor attorney in private practice.