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International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work
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International Handbook on Diversity Management at Work

Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment

9781847208903 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alain Klarsfeld, Senior Professor, Work, Employment and Health Research Group, TBS Business School, France
Publication Date: 2010 ISBN: 978 1 84720 890 3 Extent: 360 pp
Managing and developing diversity is on the political and business agenda in many countries; therefore diversity management has become an area of knowledge and practice in its own right. Yet all too often it is referred to as a unifying concept, as if it were to be interpreted uniformly across all cultures and countries. The contributors to this volume expertly examine the relationship between diversity management and equality legislation within the different participating countries’ national contexts. They advocate that such separation and sequencing between equality at work and diversity management is far from natural.

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Managing and developing diversity is on the political and business agenda in many countries; therefore diversity management has become an area of knowledge and practice in its own right. Yet all too often it is referred to as a unifying concept, as if it were to be interpreted uniformly across all cultures and countries. The contributors to this volume expertly examine the relationship between diversity management and equality legislation within the different participating countries’ national contexts. They advocate that such separation and sequencing between equality at work and diversity management is far from natural.

This important original reference work will enhance awareness of potential pitfalls in addressing diversity. As such, it will be greatly appreciated by scholars who wish to better contextualize their research. The Handbook will also provide policy-makers with benchmark data regarding equal treatment and diversity as understood in other countries.
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‘Up-to-date, useful, well documented and understandably written; a model hopefully for similar explorations.’
– George Simons, Delta Intercultural Academy/dialogin

‘Most of the literature to date on diversity has been based in western and industrialized national cultures. It is gratifying therefore to see that this book includes chapters from scholars based in sixteen different countries across the world, representing Europe, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. Although the chapter authors have approached the topic in a variety of different ways, they provide comparative insights on diversity management that will be of interest to scholars and policy-makers alike.’
– Neal M. Ashkanasy, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia

‘Diversity management has become fashionable as an extension of equal opportunity and affirmative action policies, but placing the emphasis more on organizational development and change. This Handbook covers no less than sixteen countries with a diverse range of issues, ranging from the caste system in India to the problems of migrants in the Netherlands. Each country is placed in an historical context and a range of policies dealing with gender, ethnic minorities, migrants, age, disability and sexuality are discussed. This Handbook will be essential reading for anyone concerned with human resources.’
– Peter J. Sloane, Swansea University, UK
Contributors
Contributors: A.-F. Bender, R. Bendl, I. Bleijenbergh, L.A.E. Booysen, V. Bruchhagen, A. Chia, G.M. Combs, A. Cornet, B. Dereli, J. Grieger, E. Hanappi-Egger, R. Haq, R. Hofmann, V. Kalonaityte, A. Klarsfeld, I. Koall, J. Laufer, B. Liebig, W. Lillevik, A. Lim, M. Meuser, A. Murgia, J. Nentwich, E.S.W. Ng, S.M. Nkomo, A.K. Ojha, R. Ortlieb, M. Özbilgin, B. Poggio, P. Prasad, B. Sieben, C. Steyaert, J. Syed, A. Tatlı, A. Tedros, A. Terlouw, M. van Engen, C. Wyrick, P. Zanoni
Contents
Contents:

Perspectives from 16 Countries on Diversity and Equal Treatment at Work: An Overview and Transverse Questions
Alain Klarsfeld

1. Managing Gender Diversity in Pakistan and Turkey: A Historical Review
Mustafa Özbilgin, Jawad Syed and Beliz Dereli

2. Austrian Perspectives on Diversity Management and Equal Treatment: Regulations, Debates, Practices and Trends
Regine Bendl, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger and Roswitha Hofmann

3. Diversity Management in Belgium
Annie Cornet and Patrizia Zanoni

4. Employment Equity and Workplace Diversity in Canada
Rana Haq and Eddy S.W. Ng

5. Equality and Diversity in the French Context
Anne-Françoise Bender, Alain Klarsfeld and Jacqueline Laufer

6. Social Inequality, Diversity and Equal Treatment at Work: The German Case
Verena Bruchhagen, Jürgen Grieger, Iris Koall, Michael Meuser, Renate Ortlieb and Barbara Sieben

7. Affirmative Action in India: Caste-based Reservations
Rana Haq and Abhoy K. Ojha

8. The Development of Diversity Management in the Italian Context:
A Slow Process
Annalisa Murgia and Barbara Poggio

9. Laws, Policies and Practices of Diversity Management in the Netherlands
Inge Bleijenbergh, Marloes van Engen and Ashley Terlouw

10. Singapore: Equality, Harmony and Fair Employment
Audrey Chia and Angeline Lim

11. Employment Equity and Diversity Management in South Africa
Lize A.E. Booysen and Stella M. Nkomo

12. A Possible Brain Drain: Workplace Diversity and Equal Treatment in Sweden
Viktorija Kalonaityte, Pushkala Prasad and Adiam Tedros

13. Diversity Made in Switzerland: Traditional and New Plurality Meets the Business Case
Julia Nentwich, Chris Steyaert and Brigitte Liebig

14. Discourses and Practices of Diversity Management in the UK
Ahu Tatlı

15. Managing Diversity in the USA: The Evolution of Inclusion in the Workplace
Waheeda Lillevik, Gwendolyn M. Combs and Cheryl Wyrick

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