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Redefining Equality - Neal Devins

Redefining Equality

By: Neal Devins (Editor), Davison M. Douglas (Editor)

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Published: 1st December 1997
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The idea of equality is central to American civic life and one of the foundations of our national identity. Charges of unequal treatment continue to be voiced nationwide, in both the public discourse and the courts, yet there is no consensus on the meaning of equality. Competing views on this topic have erupted into a cultural conflict that looms large in contemporary American politics.
In this collection of insightful essays, distinguished scholars in law, history, and social science present varying perspectives on this fundamental concept. Addressing the specific cases behind the headlines and the abstract arguments within the legal texts, the contributors look closely at everything from school bussing programs and affirmative action to the role of the courts and the politics of equality. Various examples and definitions of equality, culled from America's past and present, are summarized and examined in ways that illustrate how and why equality issues directly affect men and women of all races and backgrounds.
Redefining Equality, a balanced array of assessments regarding our nation's historical and contemporary thoughts on equality and civil rights, will prove most informative to students of law, political science, and recent American history.

"A very strong collection of essays....[These are] good summaries of positions that the book's readers ought to know about. They provide a fine overview of contemporary civil rights issues."--Mark V. Tushnet, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University "Redefining Equality is a collection of well-written essays by prominent scholars on hot problems concerning judicial review and equality. [The book] neatly pinpoints many of the complex issues of legal equality that have arisen in the 1990s and presents readers with a variety of perspectives on those questions."--Mark Graber, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park "The essays are interesting and helpful in presenting some of the major perspectives on equality....this book should prove useful to scholars, graduate students, and law students interested in exploring equlity issues."--The Law and Politics Book Review "A very strong collection of essays....[These are] good summaries of positions that the book's readers ought to know about. They provide a fine overview of contemporary civil rights issues."--Mark V. Tushnet, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University "Redefining Equality is a collection of well-written essays by prominent scholars on hot problems concerning judicial review and equality. [The book] neatly pinpoints many of the complex issues of legal equality that have arisen in the 1990s and presents readers with a variety of perspectives on those questions."--Mark Graber, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park "The essays are interesting and helpful in presenting some of the major perspectives on equality....this book should prove useful to scholars, graduate students, and law students interested in exploring equlity issues."--The Law and Politics Book Review

1: Davison M. Douglas and Neal Devins: The Pursuit of Equality 2: Kathryn Abrams: Equality and Impasse: Mobilizing Group-Based Perspectives in an Era of Group-Blindness 3: Reva Siegel: Civil Rights Reform in Historical Perspective: Regulating Marital Violence 4: David A. Strauss: The Illusory Distinction Between Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Result 5: Jennifer L. Hochschild: The Word 'American' Ends in 'Can': The Ambiguous Promise of the American Dream 6: Jeremy Rabkin: Racial Divisions and Judicial Obstructions 7: Hugh Davis Graham: The Politics of Clientele Capture: Civil Rights Policy and the Reagan Administration 8: Christine H. Rossell: The Convergence of Black and White Attitudes on School Desegregation Issues 9: Drew S. Days III: Brown Blues: Rethinking the Integrative Ideal 10: Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic: The Social Construction of Brown v. Board of Education: Law Reform and the Reconstructive Paradox 11: Gerald N. Rosenberg: The Irrelevant Court: The Supreme Court's Inability to Influence Popular Beliefs about Equality (or Anything Else) 12: Erwin Chemerinsky: Can Courts Make a Difference? 13: David J. Garrow: The Supreme Court's Pursuit of Equality and Liberty and the Burdens of History 14: Neal Devins: The Judicial Role in Equality Decision-Making

ISBN: 9780195116656
ISBN-10: 0195116658
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37