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Reservation and Affirmative Action: Models of Social Integration in India and the United States

by Arvind Sharma SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
07/2005
ISBN:
9780761933809
Format:
Hbk 196 pages
Price:
AU$79.00 NZ$81.74
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This book examines the principles underning the pocies of affirmative action evolved in two non-homogeneous and multi-ethnic societies-India and the United States. Despite the fact that the governments of India and the United States have, for over 50 years now, adopted a series of measures to overcome discrimination based on caste and race respectively, the author maintains that there is as yet no comprehensive account of the grounds on which they have been intellectually justified. He, therefore, analyses the various arguments which have been presented to justify reservations in India and affirmative action in the United States. Addressing the key question `What is being affirmed through affirmative action?` the author seeks the answer along four nes: - What is the regious component of such an affirmation, if any? - Is there a moral principle (or principles) underlying this affirmation? - Is this affirmation being advocated on ethical principles with which modern beral thought is imbued? - Are doctrines of human rights invoked in such an affirmation? These four terms of discourse constitute the framework for this book within which the issues raised by affirmative action pocies in both countries are discussed with a view to promoting a rational understanding of this complex and emotive issue.

Terms of Discourse Religious Discourse Moral Discourse Ethical Discourse Human Rights Discourse History and Theory of Affirmative Action in India

McGill University