We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

Price: $62.95

Hardback 296 pp.
140 mm x 215 mm



Publication date:
January 2012

Imprint: Oxford University Press

Share on Facebook

Add to Favourites Tell a Friend

Equalizing Access

Affirmative Action in Higher Education: India, US, and South Africa

Edtied by Zoya Hasan and Martha C. Nussbaum

The idea of human equality and the requirement from the state to provide equal opportunity to all lie at the foundation of modern democracy. Focusing on the area of higher education, this volume discusses the notion of 'affirmative action', a generic term covering diverse measures-quotas, special institutions for the underprivileged, extra points on a 'scale of deprivation'-that are employed to ensure equal opportunity.

While analysing the situation in India, the volume also compares the debates and policies on affirmative action in India with those in the United States and South Africa. The essays explore the influence of the 'creamy layer' on marginalized groups in a community, the new trends in higher education in India, and the place of the hitherto overlooked disparities of gender, religion, and the urban/rural divide in the discourse on affirmative action. The contributors come from varied disciplines including politics, sociology, law, economics, philosophy, and governance.

Readership : Students and scholars of education, sociology, political science, law, and public administration, and the informed general audience.

Zoya Hasan and Martha C. Nussbaum: Introduction
1. Henry S. Richardson: On the Sites of Remedial Justice: Colleges, Clinics, and the State
2. Thomas E. Weisskopf: Rethinking Affirmative Action in Admissions to Higher Educational Institutions
3. Martha C. Nussbaum: Affirmative Action and the Goals of Education
4. Prabhat Patnaik: Affirmative Action and the 'Efficiency Argument'
5. P.S. Krishnan: Indian Social Justice Vs. American Affirmative Action and the Case of Higher Education
6. Saleem Badat: Redressing the Colonial/Apartheid Legacy: Social Equity, Redress, and Higher Education Admissions in Democratic South Africa
7. Diane P. Wood: Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The Ambivalent Experience of the United States
8. Rajeev Dhavan: How Parliament Discusses Reservations: Examining the Debates on the Central Educational Bill
9. Jayati Ghosh: Towards a New Paradigm for Ensuring Universal Access to Quality Education
10. Satish Deshpande: Social Justice and Higher Education in India Today: Markets, States, Ideologies, and Inequalities in a Fluid Context
11. Zoya Hasan: Trapped in an Invisible Present: Muslims and Inequalities in Higher Education
12. D. Parthasarthy: After Reservations: Caste, Institutional Isomorphism, and Affirmative Action in the IITs
Notes on Contributors

There are no Instructor/Student Resources available at this time.

Zoya Hasan is a Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, Law School, and Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Politics of Inclusion - Zoya Hasan
Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution - Edited by Rajeev Bhargava
The Indian Constitution - Professor Rajeev Bhargava
The Politics of Gender, Community, and Modernity - Nita Kumar
Politics of Inclusion - Zoya Hasan

Special Features

  • Topical and interdisciplinary analysis.
  • Case studies from India, USA, and South Africa.
  • Eminent and internationally recognized contributors.