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When Race Counts : The Morality of Racial Preference in Britain and America - John Edwards

When Race Counts

The Morality of Racial Preference in Britain and America

Paperback Published: 15th December 1994
ISBN: 9780415072939
Number Of Pages: 272

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When Race Counts investigates the use of race-conscious practices in social policy in Britain and America. It questions the distinction between affirmative action and preferential treatment, and evaluates the effectiveness of a range of education and employment policies designed to counteract both unintended and direct discrimination against ethnic minorities.
The book uses both empirical and moral analyses to examine the controversial dilemma of whether and in what circumstances preferential treatment may be used as a means of improving the condition of minority groups. John Edwards looks at justifications for overriding the merit principle, particularly in employment, and shows who bears the costs of such a policy, and where the benefits lie. He argues that the merit principle is in itself so flawed that to override it would cause no great damange to justice. He then sets out the requirements of an acceptable policy of minority preference tailored to the disadvantages of specific minority groups.

List of illustrations
When race countsp. 1
The nature and varieties of affirmative actionp. 6
The logic of affirmative actionp. 22
Affirmative action in employment: the British experiencep. 47
The real thing: the American way with affirmative actionp. 94
Race-conscious practice: the United Statesp. 126
Practice compared: Britain and Americap. 154
The moral dilemmas of preferencep. 167
Equal opportunities, merits and preferencesp. 198
Tailored preferencep. 219
Appendix: A note on methodologyp. 229
Notesp. 232
Bibliographyp. 238
Name indexp. 250
Subject indexp. 253
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415072939
ISBN-10: 041507293X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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