Affirmative Action, Ethnicity and Conflict

Edited by Edmund Terence Gomez, Ralph Premdas

© 2013 – Routledge

216 pages

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Hardback: 9780415627689
pub: 2012-10-31
US Dollars$160.00

About the Book

In recent years a number of countries have introduced affirmative action programmes in order to put right historical injustices and economic inequalities involving ethnic communities. This book examines affirmative action programmes in a range of countries around the world. It discusses how such programmes came about and how they have been implemented, and examines their effectiveness. Throughout it explores how far affirmative action programmes reinforce ethnic identities and thereby contribute to division and conflict. The countries covered are India, the United States, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Malaysia and Fiji.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Affirmative Action, Horizontal Inequalities, and Equitable Development Edmund Terence Gomez and Ralph Premdas 1. Poverty, Equality, and Affirmative Action in India Sunita Parikh 2. The Struggle for Equality and Justice: Affirmative Action in the United States of America Ralph Premdas 3. Ethnicity, Economy, and Affirmative Action in Malaysia Lee Hock Aun, Edmund Terence Gomez, and Shakila Yacob 4. Coerced Preferences: Affirmative Action and Horizontal Inequality in Fiji Steve Ratuva 5. Affirmative Action in South Africa:Disadvantaging the Many for the Benefit of the Few Anthea Jeffery 6. Contextualising Equality? Affirmative Action, Identity, and Conflict in Northern Ireland Colin Harvey 7. Appraising Affirmative Action in Brazil Joaze Bernardino-Costa and Fernando Rosa

About the Editors

Edmund Terence Gomez is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Malaya.

Ralph Premdas is Professor of Public Policy at the University of the West


About the Series

Routledge Malaysian Studies Series

The Routledge Malaysian Studies Series publishes high quality scholarship that provides important new contributions to knowledge on Malaysia. It also signals research that spans comparative studies, involving the Malaysian experience with that of other nations.

This series, initiated by the Malaysian Social Science Association (MSSA) to promote study of contemporary and historical issues in Malaysia, and designed to respond to the growing need to publish important research, also serves as a forum for debate on key issues in Malaysian society. As an academic series, it will be used to generate new theoretical debates in the social sciences and on processes of change in this society.

The Series covers a broad range of subjects including history, politics, economics, sociology, international relations, geography, business, education, religion, literature, culture and ethnicity. The series will encourage work adopting an interdisciplinary approach.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General