Affirmative Action, Sociology of

Anthony S. Chen*

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The sociology of affirmative action is a strongly interdisciplinary subfield within sociology. It is concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of policies that use membership in certain social groups to determine the allocation of resources or opportunities. It is also concerned with understanding the level and sources of public support and opposition to such policies. This article summarizes developments in these areas and identifies the areas that seem most promising for future researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier, Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Gender
  • Historical sociology
  • Law political sociology
  • Neoinstitutionalism
  • Public policy
  • Race
  • Social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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