Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century

Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century

by Amy L. Wax
ISBN-10:
0742562867
ISBN-13:
9780742562868
Pub. Date:
07/16/2009
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN-10:
0742562867
ISBN-13:
9780742562868
Pub. Date:
07/16/2009
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century

Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century

by Amy L. Wax
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Overview

Black Americans continue to lag behind on many measures of social and economic well-being. Conventional wisdom holds that these inequalities can only be eliminated by eradicating racism and providing well-funded social programs. In Race, Wrongs, and Remedies, Amy L. Wax applies concepts from the law of remedies to show that the conventional wisdom is mistaken. She argues that effectively addressing today's persistent racial disparities requires dispelling the confusion surrounding blacks' own role in achieving equality.

The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that discrimination against blacks has dramatically abated. The most important factors now impeding black progress are behavioral: low educational attainment, poor socialization and work habits, drug use, criminality, paternal abandonment, and non-marital childbearing. Although these maladaptive patterns are largely the outgrowth of past discrimination and oppression, they now largely resist correction by government programs or outside interventions. Wax asserts that the black community must solve these problems from within. Self-help, changed habits, and a new cultural outlook are, in fact, the only effective tactics for eliminating the present vestiges of our nation's racist past.

Published in cooperation with the Hoover Institution

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742562868
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2009
Series: Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amy L. Wax is Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she teaches courses on procedure, remedies, and social welfare. From 1988 to 1994, she was an Assistant Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice and has argued fifteen cases before the United States Supreme Court. She lives with her husband and three children in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Chapter 1. The Remedial Ideal and the Demand for Racial Justice
Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Group Disadvantage and the Case of Race
Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Racial Disparities and Human Capital Deficits
Chapter 5 Chapter 4. The Psychology of Victimization
Chapter 6 Is Self-Help Possible?
Chapter 7 Reparations, Affirmative Action, and the Relationship of Race and Class
Chapter 8 Notes
Chapter 9 Index
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