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Racism and Equality in the European Union$
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Mark Bell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297849

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297849.001.0001

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Racism and Equality

Racism and Equality

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(p.27) 2 Racism and Equality
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Racism and Equality in the European Union
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Mark Bell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297849.003.0003

This chapter examines the meaning of equality, in the context of racism. It identifies two dominant concepts of equality: formal and substantive. It analyses critically the usefulness and shortcomings of both of these concepts, and includes a discussion of data collection and ethnic origin. It finds that substantive equality fits better with a concept of institutional racism. It notes, though, that themes of diversity and intersectionality pose challenges to substantive equality and its perceived focus on group disadvantage.

Keywords:   formal equality, substantive equality, diversity, intersectionality, data collection, equality of opportunity, equality of results, positive action

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