Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 2Moral Responsibility,  Structural Injustice, and Ethics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766179.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 August 2017

The Moral Status of Micro-Inequities

The Moral Status of Micro-Inequities

In Favor of Institutional Solutions

Chapter:
(p.235) 3.3 The Moral Status of Micro-Inequities
Source:
Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 2
Author(s):

Samantha Brennan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766179.003.0011

An emerging story about the persistence of workplace inequality—in the absence of formal barriers to entry and progress for women, minorities, and disabled persons—looks to the twin causes of implicit bias and micro-inequities. I discuss why these phenomena often go together. I then argue that while the initial idea of a micro-inequity is easy to understand—specific examples, useful analogies, and colorful metaphors abound—careful analysis of the moral significance of micro-inequities is needed. I distinguish the kind of moral analysis needed from questions about the mechanisms by which micro-inequities add up to larger harms, as well as questions about praise, blame and moral responsibility. I also make clear that, while morally significant, micro-inequities are not the only problem facing women, the disabled, and minorities in the workplace. Finally, I argue in favour of institutional responses to micro-inequities rather than approaches that focus on the wrongness of individual acts.

Keywords:   micro-inequities, rights, thresholds, workplace, discrimination, implicit bias, harm

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .