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ERIC Number: ED130941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 17
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Reference Count: 0
Affirmative Action: Field Laboratory for Sociologists.
Liss, Lora
The role of an affirmative action officer is seen to be an effective link between sociological theory/research and practice. The author describes her experience as the affirmative action officer at Lehigh University by citing origins, functions, strains, and conflicts surrounding the position. She was able to test theories about power, conflict, and social change from a variety of value perspectives. She explains how her sociological training provided many skills particularly suited to the role, including quantitative and qualitative research methods, ability to detect adverse effects (latent consequences) of employment policies, and innovative management techniques. Her conclusions are that the sociology practitioner can help factor out the universals from the personal and institutional characteristics with which effective affirmative action is associated. Insight gained from serving in the role can contribute to more viable solutions to institutional sexism and racism. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, New York, August 30-September 2, 1976)