Dr. Amaka Okechukwu's To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle Over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions (Columbia University Press 2019) has been selected for the Society for the Study of Social Problems 2020 Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities. The award honors the best book of the year that addresses issues of race or racism and may attempt to eradicate contemporary racism, either in the U.S. or on a global scale.
In To Fulfill These Rights, Amaka Okechukwu offers a historically informed sociological account of the struggles over affirmative action and open admissions in higher education. Through case studies of policy retrenchment at public universities, she documents the protracted—but not always successful—rollback of inclusive policies in the context of shifting race and class politics. To Fulfill These Rights provides a new analysis of the politics of higher education, centering the changing understandings and practices of race and class in the United States. It is timely and important reading at a moment when a right-wing Department of Justice and Supreme Court threaten the end of affirmative action.
A tremendously timely and important book!
June 02, 2020