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The Myth of RightsThe Purposes and Limits of Constitutional Rights$
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Ashutosh Bhagwat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377781.001.0001

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Racial Discrimination and Affirmative Action

Racial Discrimination and Affirmative Action

The Meaning of Equal Protection

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(p.173) 8 Racial Discrimination and Affirmative Action
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The Myth of Rights
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ASHUTOSH BHAGWAT

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377781.003.008

This chapter begins with a discussion of the coverage of the Equal Protection Clause in the Constitution. It then turns to a study of how equal protection principles have played out in practice, in the modern era. It examines issues of race discrimination, starting with the paradigmatic example of discrimination against racial minorities, and then looks into the problem of affirmative action.

Keywords:   Equal Protection Clause, U.S. Constitution, constitutional rights, individual rights, segregation, racial discrimination, affirmative action

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