Description : In this second volume we turn our attention to the Americas: North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. During the past decade many American countries amended their constitutions and enacted laws protecting the rights of indigenous people.
Description : The development of antidiscrimination policy in Europe closely mirrored European Union deepening in the 1990s, but its roots lie in developments during the 1980s. Actors in the European Parliament saw a political opening for action with the rise of the radical right in places like France and Germany. In the 1980s and early 1990s, racist acts of violence and the stunning success of radical right political parties across Europe catapulted the issues of immigration, xenophobia, fascism, and racism to the forefront. The European Parliament was only beginning to take on a more important role in the supranational structures that were under construction during the 1980s, but it would play a key role in the development of an anti-racism agenda and what would ultimately become racial antidiscrimination policy for the European Union. Legislating Equality begins by examining the evolving discourses around racism in Europe from the mid-1980s through the late 1990s. The authors then link these discourses and country level starting points to the political and social factors which influenced the development of antidiscrimination policy. Examining the role of the European Parliament, Commission, and key societal actors in the passage of the Racial Equality Directive in 2000. It then goes on to examine the transposition of the EU directives into national law and the implementation of antidiscrimination policy. Legislating Equality argues that these processes were impacted by the slow-down in European integration in the early 2000s as well as political pressure from more conservative governments than had initially passed the legislation at the EU level.
Description : Argues that the responsibility for eradicating racial hatred has been redirected away from the state and toward the hated, leaving the causes of hate unaddressed.
Description : An Ambition for Equality identifies and explores the different means by which we promote equality and combat discrimination. These means include equality legislation, equality institutions, equality mainstreaming and positive action measures. These elements make up what is referred to as a strategic framework for action on equality. The concept of equality is examined. Different levels of ambition for equality are identified in terms of liberal approaches to achieving equality and in terms of the pursuit of an equality of condition. A range of equality objectives are discussed as a necessary focus for a strategic framework for action on equality. Irish equality legislation includes the Employment Equality Acts and the Equal Status Acts. This book explores the casework under the legislation and casts a critical eye on the provisions in that legislation. The role and mandate of the Equality Authority under this equality legislation is also examined. As Chief Executive Officer of the Equality Authority, the author's work and experience provides the focus around which the implementation of Irish equality legislation and approaches to mainstrcaming and targeting are examined. An Ambition for Equality mixes practical experience in the promotion of equality with an academic perspective on the core concepts in the field, developing a critical analysis of the progress seen in Ireland in the effective promotion of equality.
Description : Changing organisational culture is necessary to tackle the persistent forms of discrimination that exist in the workplace. The Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work considers the current legal framework of discrimination law, it offers critical perspectives on the effectiveness of the law in the promotion of non-discrimination, and discusses the changes being proposed that will lead to a single equality act. The authors then look at ways to address discrimination.The Handbook will interest practitioners, such as HR professionals and managers involved in addressing equality at work, trade unionists, equality trainers, and academics concerned with researching or teaching in these areas.
Description : In 1989, New Zealand formalized the social work trend toward involving the family in child protection decision-making processes. Central to this legislation is the Family Group Conference, based on indigenous Maori decision-making practices. Connolly (social work, U. of Canterbury, New Zealand) and McKenzie (community and family studies, U. of Otago, New Zealand) discuss the social construction of family decision-making, the country's experience with this empowering model, international adaptations, and the necessity of a sound theoretical basis--which they provide in their Effective Participatory Practice model exemplified in two case studies. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Description : During the past three decades, nations all over the world have been debating whether to allow same-sex couples to marry, or at least grant these couples various rights associated with marriage. In Equality for Same-Sex Couples, Yuval Merin presents the first comparative study of the legal regulation of same-sex partnerships worldwide, as well as a unique survey of the status of same-sex couples in Europe. Merin begins by providing a historical overview of the transformation of marriage from antiquity to the present. He then identifies and critically compares four principal models for the legal regulation and recognition of same-sex partnerships: civil marriage, registered partnership, domestic partnership, and cohabitation. Merin concludes that all of the models except civil marriage discriminate against gays and lesbians just as the "separate but equal" doctrine discriminated against African Americans; thus, so-called alternatives to marriage, even if they provide the same rights and benefits as marriage, are inherently unequal and therefore unconstitutional.