The Resource Protesting affirmative action : the struggle over equality after the civil rights revolution, Dennis Deslippe

Protesting affirmative action : the struggle over equality after the civil rights revolution, Dennis Deslippe

Label
Protesting affirmative action : the struggle over equality after the civil rights revolution
Title
Protesting affirmative action
Title remainder
the struggle over equality after the civil rights revolution
Statement of responsibility
Dennis Deslippe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A lightening rod for liberal and conservative opposition alike, affirmative action has proved one of the more divisive issues in the United States over the past five decades. Dennis Deslippe here offers a thoughtful study of early opposition to the nation's race- and gender-sensitive hiring and promotion programs in higher education and the workplace. This story begins more than fifteen years before the 1978 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. Partisans attacked affirmative action almost immediately after it first appeared in the 1960s. Liberals in the opposition movement played an especially significant role. While not completely against the initiative, liberal opponents strove for "soft" affirmative action (recruitment, financial aid, remedial programs) and against "hard" affirmative action (numerical goals, quotas). In the process of balancing ideals of race and gender equality with competing notions of colorblindness and meritocracy, they even borrowed the language of the civil rights era to make far-reaching claims about equality, justice, and citizenship in their anti-affirmative action rhetoric. Deslippe traces this conflict through compelling case studies of real people and real jobs. He asks what the introduction of affirmative action meant to the careers and livelihoods of Seattle steelworkers, New York asbestos handlers, St. Louis firemen, Detroit policemen, City University of New York academics, and admissions councilors at the University of Washington Law School. Through their experiences, Deslippe examines the diverse reactions to affirmative action, concluding that workers had legitimate grievances against its hiring and promotion practices. In studying this phenomenon, Deslippe deepens our understanding of American democracy and neoconservatism in the late twentieth century and shows how the liberals' often contradictory positions of the 1960s and 1970s reflect the conflicted views about affirmative action many Americans still hold today
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
323.173
Index
index present
LC call number
HF5549.5.A34
LC item number
D427 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Reconfiguring American political history
Label
Protesting affirmative action : the struggle over equality after the civil rights revolution, Dennis Deslippe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"The best affirmative action program is creating jobs for everyone" : organized labor responds to affirmative action, 1960-74 -- "This strange madness" : the origins of opposition to higher education : affirmative action, 1968-72 -- "The issue is getting hotter" : the struggle over higher education -- Affirmative action policy in the early 1970s -- "Treat him as a decent American!" : DeFunis v. Odegaard (1974) and -- Color-blindness in the courtroom -- "Do whites have rights?" : white Detroit policemen and "reverse discrimination" protests in the mid-late 1970s -- "The fight for true non-discrimination" : politics and anti-affirmative action before Bakke -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn823655159
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 282 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421404318
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b33949347
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)823655159
  • ebl1421404311

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