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Separate but Equal: examining labour market norms against European and national equality legislation

De Carvalho Guerreiro, Nelia Sofia LU (2015) RÄSM12 20141
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract (Swedish)
This master thesis studies what happens when the labour market norms and the society norms meet law in the labour law books. Despite "law in the books" ensuring equal treatment of workers and non-discrimination in the access to jobs, research seems to indicate that societal norms play a role when persons try to enter the labour market. This thesis focuses on racial minorities, who are largely at the margin of the labour market, despite their intention to work, attempts to enter the labour market, and strong legislation protecting them. Within the legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities, this thesis looks at legislation issued by the European Union, namely the European Council Directive 2000/43/EC, and its... (More)
This master thesis studies what happens when the labour market norms and the society norms meet law in the labour law books. Despite "law in the books" ensuring equal treatment of workers and non-discrimination in the access to jobs, research seems to indicate that societal norms play a role when persons try to enter the labour market. This thesis focuses on racial minorities, who are largely at the margin of the labour market, despite their intention to work, attempts to enter the labour market, and strong legislation protecting them. Within the legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities, this thesis looks at legislation issued by the European Union, namely the European Council Directive 2000/43/EC, and its implementation into national legislation.

The main objective of this thesis is to understand how racial minorities experience difficulties in the access to the labour market, despite EU and national legislation ensuring non-discrimination and equality of opportunities. It also aims to analyse in what ways racial minorities experience obstacles when it comes to getting entrance to working life, the extent to which racial minorities are aware of the legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities, and the extent to which that legislation is used by racial minorities. To answer these questions, a small pilot study was conducted in the tradition of Critical Race Theory, based on individual narratives of job seekers who are racial minorities in Portugal and Sweden. The empirical data was then analysed with Critical Discourse Analysis.

My interviews show that the racial minorities interviewed experience difficulties in getting entrance to working life, namely racial discrimination. Although legislation specifically addresses discrimination in working life, they lack knowledge and trust in the law. They do not believe that law can change the way society operates and tend to see legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities as merely “law in the books”. (Less)
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author
De Carvalho Guerreiro, Nelia Sofia LU
supervisor
organization
course
RÄSM12 20141
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Race Theory, racial minority, equality of opportunities, discrimination, Sociology of Law
language
English
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5051104
date added to LUP
2015-02-18 10:07:18
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  abstract     = {This master thesis studies what happens when the labour market norms and the society norms meet law in the labour law books. Despite "law in the books" ensuring equal treatment of workers and non-discrimination in the access to jobs, research seems to indicate that societal norms play a role when persons try to enter the labour market. This thesis focuses on racial minorities, who are largely at the margin of the labour market, despite their intention to work, attempts to enter the labour market, and strong legislation protecting them. Within the legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities, this thesis looks at legislation issued by the European Union, namely the European Council Directive 2000/43/EC, and its implementation into national legislation. 

The main objective of this thesis is to understand how racial minorities experience difficulties in the access to the labour market, despite EU and national legislation ensuring non-discrimination and equality of opportunities. It also aims to analyse in what ways racial minorities experience obstacles when it comes to getting entrance to working life, the extent to which racial minorities are aware of the legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities, and the extent to which that legislation is used by racial minorities. To answer these questions, a small pilot study was conducted in the tradition of Critical Race Theory, based on individual narratives of job seekers who are racial minorities in Portugal and Sweden. The empirical data was then analysed with Critical Discourse Analysis.

My interviews show that the racial minorities interviewed experience difficulties in getting entrance to working life, namely racial discrimination. Although legislation specifically addresses discrimination in working life, they lack knowledge and trust in the law. They do not believe that law can change the way society operates and tend to see legislation on non-discrimination and equality of opportunities as merely “law in the books”.},
  author       = {De Carvalho Guerreiro, Nelia Sofia},
  keyword      = {Critical Discourse Analysis,Critical Race Theory,racial minority,equality of opportunities,discrimination,Sociology of Law},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Separate but Equal: examining labour market norms against European and national equality legislation},
  year         = {2015},
}