An Exploration of UK Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policies: Looking Through the Lens of Intersectionality

By Barbara Bagilhole.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper will analyse the extent and nature of disadvantage across the major social differentiations within UK society, which have been or are about to be incorporated into equal opportunities and diversity legislation and a new single Commission for Equality and Human Rights: gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age. It will assess the efficacy and potential of the intersectional approach first established in the UK in Northern Ireland. Utilising inspiration from both identity theory and theories of racism, sexism and class, intersectionality offers a potential opening for continuing equality policy where gender does not disappear but remains in a prominent place as one of the most important axes of domination.

Keywords: Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Intersectionality, UK Legislation, Disadvantaged Groups

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.153-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 589.408KB).

Prof. Barbara Bagilhole

Associate Dean Research, Professor of Equal Opportunities and Social Policy, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Barbara Bagilhole is Professor of Equal Opportunities and Social Policy and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University, UK. She has taught, researched and published extensively in the field of Equal Opportunities and Diversity legislation and policies across the areas of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age. Recent research has looked at women and science, engineering and technology, and other women in non-traditional occupations.


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