Affirmative Action

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Affirmative action is a term used in the USA to depict a set of laws, policies, guidelines, and government-mandated and government-sanctioned administrative practices, including those of private institutions, intended to end and correct the effects of a specific form of discrimination. It seeks to end the effects of discriminatory practices that violate the inherent equality of persons who, because they share certain attributes such as sex or skin colour, have been denied opportunities on the grounds that they are inferior or different. Affirmative action aims to reduce present discrimination against members of targeted groups such as African, Native or Hispanic Americans, women, and the handicapped, and to increase their numbers within certain occupations and professions and at universities and colleges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics
EditorsHugh LaFollette
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577291
ISBN (Print)9780199284238
StatePublished - Sep 15 2005


  • Administrative practices
  • Affirmative action
  • Discriminatory practices
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Private institutions
  • Targeted groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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