Unit 1.4 – Do We Still Need Affirmative Action

What do you think? Is affirmative action positive or negative social construct? What are the main challenges for implementing these policies and laws? Do they work? Are they fair in the short- and long-term?

1.4: Do We Still Need Affirmative Action?

Is Affirmative Action a Good Approach against Discrimination?Page

This article summarizes affirmative action, and addresses some of its pros and cons.

Boundless Sociology: “Chapter 10, Section 6: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Affirmative Action”Page

This article provides historical data regarding affirmative action as well as the correlation with class inequality.

Fisher vs. University of Texas – Background and the ArgumentsPage

In the following two videos, professors Carolyn Shapiro and Sheldon Nahmod discuss a recent affirmative action case that exhibits the controversy of “reverse discrimination” as it relates to affirmative action legislation.

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