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Analysing principled resistance to affirmative action


Richardson-Self, L, Analysing principled resistance to affirmative action, Feminist Media Studies pp. 1-17. ISSN 1468-0777 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14680777.2021.1986847


Why are some people resistant to affirmative action (AA) measures in Australia? On what grounds do people take a principled stance against AA? The article explores the resistance of online commentators to AA in a spread of domains, including politics, employment, and awards. These data reveal that sexism, misogyny, and the values of liberal humanism work together to present opposition to AA as justified. To alter this perspective, it will be necessary to challenge the scope of "prepackaged" liberal values in addition to addressing misogynistic hostility and fighting sexist tropes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:affirmative action, quotas, merit, sexism, misogyny, equality
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy of gender
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Richardson-Self, L (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:146911
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE190100719)
Deposited By:Philosophy and Gender Studies
Deposited On:2021-10-04
Last Modified:2022-05-23

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