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Equality and Opportunity$
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Shlomi Segall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661817.001.0001

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Discrimination without Inequality?

Discrimination without Inequality?

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Equality and Opportunity

Shlomi Segall

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a new, radical, understanding of discrimination. Discrimination is bad, when and only when, it exacerbates inequality in access to overall welfare. It is shown that this account is superior to other accounts purporting to account for the badness of inequality, namely those locating it with disrespect, untruth, desert, prejudice, and others. It is then shown that the ‘equality of opportunity’ account of discrimination in fact copes much better with some of thorny problems of discrimination, such as affirmative action, disparate impact, ‘private’ discrimination, and more

Keywords:   Discrimination, affirmative action, disparate impact, salient groups, segregation

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