In Defense Of Affirmative Action by Barbara R. Bergmann

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At a time when quotas and preferences are under attack nationwide, Barbara Bergmann courageously show that without the help of affirmative action America will never be able to attain a truly race-blind and sex-blind society, for it is naive to imagine that the abolition of affirmative action will lead to a system based solely on ability. Women and minorities do in fact need assistance in cases where prejudice or habit leads to preference for white males in all openings. Free of the posturing that has so often degraded this debate, In Defense of Affirmative Action is a clarion call to maintain affirmative action as a just and indispensable solution to a chronic problem in American society.

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Barbara R. Bergmann has published several books on welfare, child care, and social policy, including "Is Social Security Broke?: A Cartoon Guide to the Issues," and "In Defense of Affirmative Action," She is Professor Emerita of Economics at American University and the University of Maryland. Suzanne W. Helburn is Professor of Economics Emerita at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has published widely on the cost and quality of child care.
Published March 21, 1996 by Basic Books. 224 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Bergmann offers what is in essence an extended legal brief, considering these and other arguments against affirmative action in light of the evidence, and then presenting her case on affirmative action's behalf.

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