Reservation and Affirmative Action
Models of Social Integration in India and the United States
By (author) Arvind Sharma
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Reservation and Affirmative Action by Arvind Sharma
Book DescriptionThis book examines the principles underlining the policies 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 lines: - What is the religious 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 liberal 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 policies in both countries are discussed with a view to promoting a rational understanding of this complex and emotive issue.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761933809
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Arvind Sharma
Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Formerly of the I.A.S., he also holds an M.A. in Economics from Syracuse University, a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. He is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of A Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions.
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