- Jan 24, 2000
- 6 x 9.25 in.
- 103 line illus. 93 tables
This is the book that has forever changed the debate on affirmative action in America. The Shape of the River is the most far-reaching and comprehensive study of its kind. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and clearly defines the effects they have had on over 45,000 students of different races. Its conclusions mark a turning point in national discussions of affirmative action — anything less than factual evidence will no longer suffice in any serious debate of this vital question.
Glenn Loury’s new foreword revisits the basic logic behind race-sensitive policies, asserting that since individuals use race to conceptualize themselves, we must be conscious of race as we try to create rules for a just society. Loury underscores the need for confronting opinion with fact so we can better see the distinction between the “morality of color-blindness” and the “morality of racial justice.”
Awards and Recognition
- Winner of the 2001 Grawemeyer Award in Education
- Winner of the 1999 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Government and Political Science, Association of American Publishers