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ERIC Number: EJ899949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Thinking outside the Box
Fanshawe, Simon; Sriskandarajah, Dhananjayan
Adults Learning, v21 n7 p12-15 Mar 2010
Britain is not only more diverse than ever before, but that diversity itself is growing more diverse. Britain's simplistic "tick-box" approach to identity is in danger of inhibiting the very equality it seeks to promote. To question the tick-box is not to accuse local authorities of "political correctness gone mad". The notion of political correctness, usually deployed by people with a malignant rejection of attempts to encourage equality, is simply a way to try to get people to consider that which they do not normally consider; to encourage individuals to be explicit about changing their attitudes and policies in relation to those who have been traditionally discriminated against. But the tick-box approach, that treats people as if they are a member of a predetermined social group, with needs and interests that are assumed to flow from it, does not achieve that. The authors stress the need to get to the heart of these issues rather than deal with them superficially. To be able to rise to the challenges of this new super-diversity the authors believe there needs to be discussion and action in three key areas. These include: (1) better data collection; (2) open-minded analysis; and (3) better interventions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom