This edition, first published in 1989, looks at the problems of racism and equal opportunity in employment and government policies towards them in Britain. It brings together a group of specialist contributors and covers the major areas of debate, including the law, policies towards unemployment, job training and the labour market, the role of the public and private sectors, the role of trade unions, the gap between policies and pronouncements on equal opportunity and their implementation, and the related issue of sectarian discrimination in Northern Ireland. It looks at the future prospects for equal opportunities and provides conclusions for policy. In particular, it aims to address important topics such as the assumptions underlying policies and whether they realistically reflect reality, the actual effect of legislation, and the relationship between power disparities in society as a whole and racial inequality.
Introduction to the second edition; Contributors; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Law, Politics and Equal Opportunity: 1. Racism, equal opportunity and public policy John Solomos and Richard Jenkins; 2. Racial inequality and the limits of law Laurence Lustgarten; 3. The politics of anti-discrimination legislation: planned social reform or symbolic politics? John Solomos; 4. Religious discrimination and differentiation in Northern Ireland: the case of the Fair Employment Agency John Darby; Part II. Dimensions of Equal Opportunity: 5. 'Equality of opportunity' and inequality of outcome: the MSC, ethnic minorities and training policy Malcolm Cross; 6. The space between words: local authorities and the concept of equal opportunities Ken Young; 7. Equal opportunity in the private sector: the limits of voluntarism Richard Jenkins; 8. Monitoring equal opportunities policies: principles and practice Nick Jewson and David Mason; 9. Training and organisational change: the target racism Gloria Lee; 10. Unequal comrades: trade unions, equal opportunity and racism John Wrench; Part III. The Prospects for Equal Opportunity: 11. Equal opportunity in the context of high levels of unemployment Ed Rhodes and Peter Braham; 12. Equal opportunity and the limits of the law: some themes Richard Jenkins and John Solomos; Notes; Bibliography; Index.