Rights gone wrong : how law corrupts the struggle for equality
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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
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Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
342.73085 F7115r
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Special Coll. 342.73085 F7115r
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1st ed.
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272 pages ; 24 cm.
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English
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9780374250355, 0374250359

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"Since the 1960s, ideas developed during the civil rights movement have been astonishingly successful in fighting overt discriminaƯtion and prejudice. But how successful are they at combating the whole spectrum of social injustice--including conditions that aren't directly caused by bigotry? How do they stand up to segregation, for instance--a legacy of racism, but not the direct result of ongoing discriminaƯtion? It's tempting to believe that civil rights litigation can combat these social ills as efficiently as it has fought blatant discrimination. In Rights Gone Wrong, Richard Thompson Ford, author of the New York Times Notable Book The Race Card, argues that this is seldom the case. Civil rights do too much and not enough: opportunists use them to get a competitive edge in schools and job markets, while special-interest groups use them to demand special privileges. Extremists on both the left and the right have hijacked civil rights for personal advantage. Worst of all, their theatrics have drawn attention away from more seriƯous social injustices. Ford, a professor of law at Stanford University, shows us the many ways in which civil rights can go terribly wrong. He examines newsworthy lawsuits with shrewdness and humor, proving that the distinction between civil rights and personal entitlements is often anything but clear. Finally, he reveals how many of today's social injustices actually can't be remedied by civil rights law, and demands more creative and nuanced solutions. In order to live up to the legacy of the civil rights movement, we must renew our commitment to civil rights, and move beyond them"-- Provided by publisher.
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"How successful is civil rights law in battling social injustice?"-- Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Ford, R. T. (2011). Rights gone wrong: how law corrupts the struggle for equality. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Ford, Richard T. 2011. Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Ford, Richard T, Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

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Ford, Richard T. Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. Print.

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