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The politics of equality: professionals, states and activists

The politics of equality: professionals, states and activists Purpose – The paper draws out the key conceptual, methodological and substantive issues raised in the papers around the politics of equalities. Design/methodology/approach – Rather than reviewing and summarising each paper in turn this introductory article synthesises the key themes from papers to develop an overview of the key issues raised in the edited collection. Findings – The papers trouble traditional dichotomies in equalities studies, suggesting complex and fluid relationships between states, activists and professionals. They also identify some key elements of current equalities work such as equalities framing, diversity interpretation and the negotiation of ambiguity produced through the seesaw of hope/failure characterising this work. Research limitations/implications – The collection highlights the continuing dearth of work around certain equalities strands, in particular, around sexualities and generation. It also suggests avenues for further work developing postcolonial analysis of equalities work in organisations. Originality/value – The collection is unique in that it draws together current work crossing diverse national and sectoral contexts and from a range of equalities strands. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Equal Opportunities International Emerald Publishing

The politics of equality: professionals, states and activists

Equal Opportunities International , Volume 26 (5): 10 – Jul 3, 2007

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0261-0159
DOI
10.1108/02610150710756608
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper draws out the key conceptual, methodological and substantive issues raised in the papers around the politics of equalities. Design/methodology/approach – Rather than reviewing and summarising each paper in turn this introductory article synthesises the key themes from papers to develop an overview of the key issues raised in the edited collection. Findings – The papers trouble traditional dichotomies in equalities studies, suggesting complex and fluid relationships between states, activists and professionals. They also identify some key elements of current equalities work such as equalities framing, diversity interpretation and the negotiation of ambiguity produced through the seesaw of hope/failure characterising this work. Research limitations/implications – The collection highlights the continuing dearth of work around certain equalities strands, in particular, around sexualities and generation. It also suggests avenues for further work developing postcolonial analysis of equalities work in organisations. Originality/value – The collection is unique in that it draws together current work crossing diverse national and sectoral contexts and from a range of equalities strands.

Journal

Equal Opportunities InternationalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 3, 2007

Keywords: Equal opportunities; Social processes

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