‘Approve to Decline’: A feminist critique of ‘Fairness’ and ‘Discrimination’ in a case study of EEO in the New Zealand Public Sector

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dc.contributor.author Simon-Kumar, Rachel en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-17T22:57:45Z en
dc.date.issued 2008-11 en
dc.identifier.citation Women's Studies Journal 22(1):20-36 Nov 2008 en
dc.identifier.issn 0112-4099 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34253 en
dc.description.abstract The present paper aims to look at the contexts of meanings that surround Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) in practice, particularly for issues of gender justice. At the heart of the paper is a critical appraisal of one EEO event; an example drawn from the New Zealand public sector where claims to ‘gender disadvantage’ is made by an employee and responded to by the agency to which the claim is made. The event is representative of an instance where all parties are equally claiming the need to further EEO and fairness. By deconstructing the language and context of EEO in practice, the paper argues the point that EEO policy is not implemented in discursively uncontested contexts. At a substantive level, the paper builds on feminist theoretical perspectives of social justice, and questions if the contemporary frameworks of meaning in the public sector can support transformations of relationships of disadvantage. More pertinently, it asks if the “removal of unfair disadvantage”, on which EEO strategies are based, constitutes the promotion of social and gender justice. en
dc.publisher Women's Studies Association New Zealand en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Women's Studies Journal en
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dc.title ‘Approve to Decline’: A feminist critique of ‘Fairness’ and ‘Discrimination’ in a case study of EEO in the New Zealand Public Sector en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 20 en
pubs.volume 22 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Women's Studies Association New Zealand en
pubs.author-url http://wsanz.org.nz/journal/docs/WSJNZ221Simon-Kumar20-36.pdf en
pubs.end-page 36 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 472608 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Population Health en
pubs.org-id Social & Community Health en
dc.identifier.eissn 1173-6615 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-01-14 en

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