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Symposium sur Inventing equal opportunity de Frank Dobbin

Abstract : Frank Dobbin’s Inventing equal opportunities , published by Princeton University Press in 2009, has arrived at just the right time in a France where the theme of “diversity” has permeated big firms and where equal opportunity policies are being debated in the educational system, which, from kindergarten to university, is being accused of fostering inequality. This book provides a stimulating, innovative contribution to our understanding not only of these questions in the United States but also of the French case. We thought it was time to organize a symposium on a book that recounts and dissects nearly fifty years of development in equal opportunity policies in the United States. To fully describe the wealth of information in this book, we asked authors with different disciplinary perspectives to take part. By analyzing social movements, public actions, the legal system and occupational forms of mobilization, Frank Dobbin has revitalized and challenged accepted ideas about the role of public players in regulating behavior. He has also shown that legal uncertainty in civil rights cases has led to the formation of corporate standards that, though private, have the value of public ones.
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Christine Musselin, Laure Bereni, Desmond King, Claude Didry, Frank Dobbin. Symposium sur Inventing equal opportunity de Frank Dobbin. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2011, 53 (2), pp.194 - 215. ⟨hal-01561296⟩

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