Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action

By Frederick R. Lynch | Go to book overview

likely to blame the victim of affirmative action quotas rather than criticize the policies.


NOTES
1.
All names are fictitious.
2.
Sociologist Laurel Richardson chose to investigate a semi-hidden, sensitive social phenomenon in her research on single women who have affairs with married men: The New Other Woman ( 1985; 1986). In gathering subjects for her study, Richardson stated that she traveled a great deal and simply "announced my research interest to everyone I met -- conferees, salesclerks, travel acquaintances. Women I met either volunteered to be interviewed or put me in contact with women they knew to be involved with married men." Through these methods, Richardson obtained hundreds of contacts, though ultimately her research was based primarily upon "indepth interviews with 55 women who were having or had once had a long-term relationship with a married man" ( 1986: 26).

However, I did not travel as widely as Richardson. Nor did I feel I could be as open about my study as she was about hers. As will be explained in Chapter 9 in the section "Doing Affirmative Action Research in California," studying the impact of affirmative action on white males -- especially in the late 1970s and early 1980s -- was a politically/professionally risky venture.

3.
See Appendix 2.

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