Just Who Loses?

Discrimination in the United States, Volume 2

Samuel R Lucas
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HC: $87.00
EAN: 978-1-4399-0850-1
Publication: Mar 13

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EAN: 978-1-4399-0852-5

370 pages
6 x 9
24 tables, 73 figs.


In Just Who Loses? Samuel Roundfield Lucas continues his comprehensive assessment of sex and race discrimination in the United States that he began with Theorizing Discrimination in an Era of Contested Prejudice.

This new volume demonstrates that the idea of discrimination being a zero-sum game is a fallacy. If discrimination costs women, men do not necessarily reap the gains. Likewise, if discrimination costs blacks, non-blacks do not reap the gains. Lucas examines the legal adjudication of discrimination, as well as wider public debates about policy on the issue, to prove how discrimination actually operates.

He uses analytic methods to show that across the socioeconomic lifecycle—including special education placement, unemployment, occupational attainment, earnings, poverty, and even mortality—both targets and non-targets of discrimination "lose."

In Just Who Loses? Lucas proposes the construction of a broad-based coalition to combat the pervasive discrimination that affects social relations and law in the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Introduction: Evidently, Too

1 Effects of Discrimination in the United States
2 Biological Explanations of Gender and Racial Inequality in the United States
3 Socialization and Cultural Difference Explanations of Race and Gender Inequality in the United States
4 The Comparative Measurement of Expected Exposure to Discrimination
5 Education and Discrimination
6 Opportunity to Work and Discrimination
7 Job Quality and Discrimination
8 Poverty, Earnings, and Discrimination
9 Mortality and Discrimination
10 Just Who Loses?


About the Author(s)

Samuel Roundfield Lucas is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. He is the author of Theorizing Discrimination in an Era of Contested Prejudice: Discrimination in the United States, Volume 1 (Temple) and Tracking Inequality: Stratification and Mobility in American High Schools. He is also a co-author of Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth.