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- Social equity, multiculturalism and the productive diversity paradigm
- Bertone, Santina; Leahy, Mary
- This paper addresses shifts in Government policy away from equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action towards notions of 'productive diversity', 'managing diversity' and 'valuing diversity'. It is argued that while there is merit in policies for 'managing diversity', particularly in relation to the emphasis on building inclusive organisational cultures, the term and 'productive diversity' have practical and theoretical limitations. A review of the literature on diversity management and an examination of case study research demonstrate that despite terminological changes, and the promulgation of new policies, ethnic and racial stereotyping and indirect discrimination persist in the workplace. Rational arguments based on market imperatives continue to exclude less privileged and powerful groups in the market and the workforce. Genuine workplace inclusiveness must address the structural, systemic inequities and barriers confronting those who vary from the Anglo-Celtic norm.
- Publication type
- Book chapter
- Everyday diversity: Australian multiculturalism and reconciliation in practice / Scott K. Phillips (ed.), pp. 113-144
- Publication year
- Affirmative action; Case studies; Cultural diversity; Discrimination in employment; Employment; Employment barriers; Equal employment opportunity; Ethnic discrimination; Government policy; Labour market; Minorities; Non English speakers; Racial discrimination; Sex discrimination; Social policy; Stereotypes
- Common Ground
- 9781863350815, 1863350810
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2001.
- Additional information
- This chapter was originally presented as a paper at 'The Diversity Conference: Mational Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights', hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney, and RMIT University, held at University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 01-02 December 2000.
- Peer reviewed