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Prejudicial Appearances: The Logic of American Antidiscrimination Law/ Robert C. Post 1 Stereotypes and the Shaping of Identity/ K. Anthony Appiah 55 "Appearances Aside" / Judith Butler 73 Cover Blindness / Thomas C. Grey 85 Discrimination in the Eyes of the Law: How "Color Blindness" Discourse Disrupts and Rationalizes Social Stratification / Reva B. Siegel 99 Response to Commentators / Robert C. Post 153 Contributors 165 Index 167

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Robert C. Post is Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. K. Anthony Appiah is Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard University. Judith Butler is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Thomas C. Grey is Professor of Law at Stanford University. Reva B. Siegel is Professor of Law at Yale University.


"Post is one of the most sophisticated members of the legal academy, and, not surprisingly, he offers here an illuminating contrast between certain conventional, 'formal' approaches to analysing 'discrimination' and a far more contextual, sociologically nuanced understanding of social practices."- Sanford Levinson, author of Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials "Post's argument is rigorous, inventive, and indeed groundbreaking. The commentators respond elegantly, maximising the potential of their disciplinary backgrounds to produce interesting differences in their approach to the issue. This is an excellent introduction to the real contours of anti-discrimination case law and to the best thinking about what equal protection can and should be."- Janey E. Halley, author of Don't: A Reader's Guide to the Military's Anti-Gay Policy

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