Affirmative Action Matters: Creating opportunities for students around the world

1st Edition

Laura Dudley JENKINS, Michele S Moses

Published October 28, 2016
Reference - 222 Pages
ISBN 9780415750127 - CAT# Y162222
Series: International Studies in Higher Education

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Affirmative action. Discrimination positive. Reservations. Quotas. Such policies aim to increase access to and equity within higher education. How do different national and social contexts affect how affirmative action policy is conceptualized, discussed, justified, and designed? Scholars from Brazil, Bulgaria, China, France, India, South Africa and the United States address this central question by seeking to understand how unique national contexts shape affirmative action for students in higher education around the world.

This unique volume includes both well established and emerging policies from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. These policies developed under a variety of political systems and target a range of underrepresented groups, based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, social background, or region.

Accessible and thought provoking case studies of affirmative action demonstrate that such policies are expanding to different countries and target populations. While some countries, such as India, have affirmative action policies that predate those in the United States, affirmative action is a recent development in countries such as Brazil and France.

Contemporary legal or political pressures to move away from explicitly race-based policies in several countries have complicated affirmative action and make this assessment of international alternatives particularly timely. New or newly modified policies target a variety of disadvantaged groups, based on geography, class, or caste, in addition to race or sex. International scholars in seven countries spanning five continents offer insights into their own countries’ experiences to examine the implications of policy shifts from race toward other categories of disadvantage, to consider best practices in student admission policies, and to assess the future of affirmative action.


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