A Postmodern Perspective on Race Equality at Work in the UK: Positing an Explanation for the Rhetoric-Reality Divide

By Gillian A. Maxwell.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Management orientated literature on contemporary race equality at work in the UK is, arguably, implicitly connected to postmodernism. By making the connections explicit, an explanation for the rhetoric-reality divide can be formulated. The basis of the proffered explanation is that race equality policies are simular words that feign reality to employees who often experience racial inequality at work. Policies, in short, constitute verisimilitude in that they are truth-like but not truthful.

Keywords: Race Equality at Work, Postmodern, Rhetoric-reality Divide

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.103-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 647.976KB).

Gillian A. Maxwell

Senior Lecturer, People Management and Leadership, Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Gill Maxwell is a senior lecturer in human resource management in the business school at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has published more than 30 journal articles, many of which concern equality at work. This article is derived from her recently completed PhD (by Publication) thesis.

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