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How to Make Opportunity Equal: Race and Contributive Justice

How to Make Opportunity Equal: Race and Contributive Justice

Paul Gomberg

ISBN: 978-0-470-69243-1

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

192 pages

Description

This critical examination of racial equality takes a new approach to breaking down racial barriers by proposing a system of equal opportunity through shared labor and contributive justice.

  • Focuses on how race and class inevitably structure vastly unequal life prospects
  • Shows how human society can be organized in a way that does not socialize children for lives of routine labour
  • Looks towards contribution, not distribution, as a way to promote racial equality
  • Argues that by sharing routine and complex labor, social relationships would be transformed, eliminating competition for limited opportunities to develop and contribute abilities

A discussion board for ideas and comments relating to the book can be found at: http://howtomakeopportunityequal.blogspot.com/

Preface

  1. Who Toils? Race, Equal Opportunity, and the Division of Labor

  2. Against Leveling the Playing Field

  3. Against Limiting Opportunity

  4. Egalitarianism of Opportunity and Other Egalitarianisms

  5. Can Everyone be Esteemed?

  6. Opportunity for What? Defending the Constellation

  7. Sharing Labor

  8. Transforming Relationships

  9. Is Inequality Necessary?

  10. Are Some Born Smarter than Others?

  11. Race and Political Philosophy

  12. Justice and Markets

  13. Contributive Justice
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Acknowledgments.

References.

Index

“How to Make Opportunity Equal is a bold and principled attempt to grapple with the fundamental problem of justice in the modern world, and along the way manages to throw a great deal of light on the insidious character of modern racial categorizations.” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, June 2009)

""Gomberg writes in a hard-hitting, knowledgeable and engaging way about the problems of racism in society and marshals an array of evidence to illustrate his case."" (Ethical Theory and Moral Practice)


  • A major contribution to our thinking about justice
  • Focuses on how race and class inevitably structure vastly unequal life prospects
  • Shows how human society can be organized in a way that does not socialize children for lives of routine labour
  • Looks towards contribution, not distribution, as a way to promote racial equality
  • Argues that by sharing routine and complex labor, social relationships would be transformed, eliminating competition for limited opportunities to develop and contribute abilities