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dc.contributor.advisor Basson, Annali en
dc.contributor.author Deane, Tameshnie en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:58:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:58:59Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:58:59Z
dc.date.submitted 2005-11-30 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2012
dc.description.abstract Racial and gender inequality, as well as other forms of discrimination has been a part of the South African, American and Indian histories for a very long time. Even today racial disparity is still very evident in the South African and American societies whilst discrimination based on caste is still prevalent in the Indian society. This is illustrated by continued racial discrimination and the remaining signs of societal segregation. Due to continuing disparities amongst the people, it became necessary to implement affirmative action programmes. Focusing in particular on education and jobs, affirmative action policies require active measures to be taken to ensure that blacks and other minorities enjoy the same opportunities for career advancement and school admissions that had been the nearly exclusive province of whites in SA and the USA, or for the forward castes in India. Affirmative action has been both praised and denounced, as an answer to racial inequality. One of the key issues that arise when affirmative action is discussed is whether or not affirmative action in fact promotes equality and atones for past prejudices. Another concern is whether the current affirmative action policy is the right policy to use. The issues surrounding affirmative action seems to be universal as are the circumstances. Perhaps the most widespread similarity among the programmes in these very different countries has been that group preferences and quotas are almost always discussed. The debate on affirmative action exists because it is a very divisive issue and it affects different groups of people in different ways, and some groups or persons seemingly benefit more from affirmative action than other persons or groups. In addition, it causes people to be classified into groups, and at the same time, strives to break down group barriers. It is an issue that is difficult to resolve because people have varied ideas about how the problems of racial inequality and historical discrimination should be addressed en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xx, 514 p.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Merit principle en
dc.subject Equality en
dc.subject Caste discrimination en
dc.subject Apartheid en
dc.subject Affirmative action en
dc.subject Affirmative action terminology en
dc.subject Beneficiaries of affirmative action en
dc.subject Backward classes en
dc.subject Reservation system en
dc.subject Scheduled castes en
dc.subject Suitably qualified en
dc.subject Unfair discrimination en
dc.subject Anti-discrimination legislation en
dc.subject.ddc 342.87
dc.subject.lcsh Affirmative action programs -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Affirmative action programs -- Law and legislation -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Affirmative action programs -- Law and legislation -- India
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- India
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional law -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional law -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Constitutional law -- India
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- India
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in employment -- Law and legislation -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- United States
dc.title Affirmative action: a comparative study en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Jurisprudence en
dc.description.degree LLD en


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