Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets
Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets
Discrimination, Gender and Policies of Diversity
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Contents - 6 Preface - 8 1. The ideal of equal opportunities and the practice of unequal chances - 10 2. Ethnic inequality and discrimination in the labour market - 24 3. Migrant and minority women, inequalities and discrimination in the labour market - 48 4. Employment equity policies in work organisations - 70 5. Diversity management and the business case - 96 List of contributors - 120

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"This edited volume is a welcome and much-needed addition to the European equality and diversity literature. It is clear, thorough, informative, critical and thought-provoking. A must-read for diversity researchers." Gill Kirton, Reader in Employment Relations, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London “This lucid and informative book details employment inequality by ethnicity and gender across Europe and makes a compelling, sophisticated, business case for better integrating the workforce. It should be required reading for academics, policymakers and, most of all, employers.” Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University “This book offers a multifaceted look at today’s immigrant employment opportunities: the gender differences found in the labour market, ethnic discrimination and diversity management. Useful for scientists, researchers, employers and the job-seeking public.” Elli Heikkilä, Docent, Research Director, Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland

Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets

Discrimination, Gender and Policies of Diversity

The need to analyse labour market mechanisms in post-industrial Western societies is urgent. Despite laws and policy measures being developed at the European, national and local levels, job-seeking immigrants and ethnic minorities still suffer unequal access and ethnic discrimination. This volume endeavours to understand why.
Four chapters dealing with discrimination, gender, equity policies and diversity management present a lively discussion of the current scientific debate. Besides providing empirical evidence, the authors recommend methods for conducting further research in the field and evaluate the actual effects of discrimination-combating policies. One conclusion is that systematic analysis of the labour market and its subsequent equity policies must be supported by hard data, such as statistics. With its state-of-the-art scope and unique thematic exploration, this volume transfers knowledge from social science studies to a more operational realm. From here, both scholars and practitioners can help make equal opportunities more accessible than ever.

Karen Kraal

Karen Kraal is an anthropologist affiliated with the IMES and responsible for the communication and dissemination programme of IMISCOE.