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1st Edition

Law and Social Justice in Higher Education

ISBN 9781138021174
Published November 30, 2016 by Routledge
316 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The latest volume in the Core Concepts in Higher Education series explores the complexity of law in higher education and both the limits and opportunities of how law can promote inclusivity and access on campus. Through a historical and legal framework, this volume discusses undergraduate students' histories of inclusion and struggles for social justice in higher education by race, sex, social class, dis/ability, and sexual orientation. Bridging research, theory, and practice, Law and Social Justice in Higher Education encourages future and current higher education and student affairs practitioners to consider how they can collaborate to further a just society.  

Special features:

  • Discussion of case law illustrates the reach and limits of law and where higher education professionals can continue to push for social justice.
  • Accessible to non-lawyers, chapters highlight key legal terms and key concepts to guide readers at the beginning of each chapter.
  • End-of-chapter questions provide prompts for discussion and encourage student interactivity.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Series Editor Introduction

Chapter 1: Justice, Social Justice, and Higher Education
Philosophical Foundations of Social Justice
From Justice as Political Philosophy to Social Justice
Social Justice and Beliefs about Inequity
Social Inequity and Oppression
Indicators of Social Oppression
Social Inequity and College Enrollment

Chapter 2: Citizenship and Racial Fragmentation: College Access from the Colonial Era to the Antebellum PeriodOrigins: Universal Rights for Select Individuals
The Status of People of Color in the Antebellum Period
Abolition and the Aftermath of the Dred Scott Decision
The Higher Education of People of Color from Colonial Times through the Progressive Era
This Land Was Our Land
A Brief History of Native American Higher Education in the Colonial Era
Early Black, Native American, and Puerto Rican Higher Education
Strangers from a Different Shore
We Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us

Chapter 3: Breaking Barriers: From Emancipation to Desegregation
The Legal Status of Blacks after the Civil War
The Case of Homer Plessy
The Mismeasure of Man
The Struggle for Racial Equality in the Progressive Era
A Strategy
The Legal Decisions
The Academic Battle

Chapter 4: Desegregating Historically White Colleges and Universities
Desegregating Historically White Institutions: The 1950s
Black College Students in Historically White Institutions
First Black Undergraduates in Southern Flagships
Student Activism in the 1950s
College Trends: 1960-1966
Desegregation in the 1960s
Campus Conditions

Chapter 5: Student Activism and Institutional Transformation
The Rise of Student Led Activism
Civil Disobedience: The Sit Ins
Freedom Rides
Voter Registration, Freedom Schools, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Movement Evolution
The Broader Civil Rights Struggle
On Campus
Changes in Student Enrollments
Student Activism
Student Power
Student Protests: North and South, Black and White, HBCUs and HWCUs
The Lasting Influence of Student Activism
Academic Affairs
Student Affairs

Chapter 6: Affirmative Action, the Desegregation of Higher Education Systems, and the Proliferation of Minority Serving Institutions
Affirming Actions
Legal Standards
Affirmative Action in University Admissions in Court
The Desegregation of Dual Systems of Higher Education
The Case of Jake Ayers
Higher Education Desegregation beyond Mississippi
The Costs of Desegregation Suits
The Proliferation of Minority Serving Institutions

Chapter 7: Women’s Subjugation and Higher Education from the Colonial Era to the mid-1960s
Women’s Legal Subjugation
The Social Order
Women’s Education in an Emergent Nation
Women’s Activism and the Beginnings of Women’s Higher Education
First Institutions and the Curriculum
The First Generation of Women Graduates
Women in Higher Education: The Progressive Era
The Second and Third Generations of College Women
Deans of Women
Women’s Higher Education in the Postwar Era
Suppressing Women in STEM
Women on the Homefront
Activism in the Post-War Era
Thinking Differently about Womanhood
Sex and Criminal Law
Regulating to Prevent Sex on Campus

Chapter 8: The Sex Revolution and Reminiscences
Consciousness Raising and Feminism in the 1960s-1970s
The Downside of Success
General Considerations: Women and the Law
Title IX: Securing Women’s Rights in Education
Admissions and Financial Aid
Joining the Adams Suits
Women on Campus
The Chilly Classroom
Women’s Studies: A Curricular and Scholarly Response
Chilly Climates beyond the Classroom
The Special Case of Women in Athletics
Women’s Health and Safety

Chapter 9: Law and the Advancement of Social Justice in Higher Education: Considering Social Class, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Dis/ability
Social Class
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Summary: Advancing Towards a Socially Just Future in Higher Education

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Crystal Renée Chambers is Associate Professor of Higher Educational Leadership at East Carolina University, USA.


"Law and Social Justice in Higher Education explores the juxtaposition between law and society in higher education with an emphasis on the evolution of social justice both as a political concept and as a transformative resource.  This book’s exploration of the experiences of particular sectors of society--especially minorities, women, and people with disabilities-- significantly contributes to both the scholarship of social justice and the responsibilities of higher education to motivate and foster change."

-Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO, American Indian College Fund

"Chambers’ Law and Social Justice in Higher Education contributes substantially to the field of higher education and to critical discourses that address underlying challenges of race, gender, and class disparity in America and its colleges and universities. Reading this compelling book reminds me why I agreed to start this book series on core issues in higher education."

-From the Series Editor Introduction by Edward P. St. John, Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan