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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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Racism and Equality in the European Union

Mark Bell

Oxford University Press

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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