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    Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Results

    James S. Coleman
    This could have been an important book. Jencks and his colleagues have had the audacity to assemble and reanalyze a wide range of research on inequality, and have demonstrated a high level of technical skill in doing so. But the book misses the opportunity. To show how it comes to miss the opportunity, I must clarify at the outset certain points about inequalities in society. For it is the confusion between different meanings of inequality that leads Jencks and his colleagues to the fundamental difficulties of the book.

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    Spring 1973 Issue


    Desegregating Urban Schools
    A Review of Techniques
    Gordon Foster
    Perspectives on Inequality
    After Apple-Picking
    Philip W. Jackson
    Forensic Social Science
    Alice M. Rivlin
    A Black Response to Christopher Jencks's Inequality and Certain Other Issues
    Ronald Edmonds, Andrew Billingsley, James Comer, James M. Dyer, William Hall, Robert Hill, Nan McGehee, Lawrence Reddick, Howard F. Taylor, Stephen Wright
    The Further Responsibility of Intellectuals
    Stephan Michelson
    Proving the Absence of Positive Associations
    Lester C. Thurow
    Social Policy, Power, and Social Science Research
    Kenneth B. Clark
    Comments on Inequality
    Beverly Duncan
    Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Results
    James S. Coleman
    Inequality in Retrospect
    Christopher Jencks
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