Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
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Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment

Edited by Gregor Gall

Providing a thorough overview of the political nature and dynamics of the world of work, labour and employment, this timely Handbook draws together an interdisciplinary range of top contributors to explore the interdependent relationship between politics and labour, work and employment. The Handbook explores the purpose, roles, rights and powers of employers and management, workers and unions, states and governments in the age of globalised neo-liberalism.
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Chapter 20: Labour market, work and employment segregation by race

Steve Jefferys

Abstract

This chapter first sketches some of the historical and global contexts of occupational segregation and racialised discrimination. Subordination by constructed racial, linguistic and religious differences did not begin with industrial capitalism, and it has not ended with ‘post-industrial’ capitalism. Racial segregation of the ‘other’ at work has a very long history, and is intimately related to social class. The chapter then reviews European-wide research conducted by the author over the past 15 years to illustrate its persistence, despite the European 2000 Racial Equality Directive as well as dozens of national-level laws outlawing it.

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