Equality and diversity agendas in criminal justice

Basia Spalek

in Communities, identities and crime

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348043
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301899 | DOI:
Equality and diversity agendas in criminal justice

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This chapter discusses equality legislation, policy and practice in the United Kingdom, particularly in a criminal justice context. It argues that in many instances, there continue to be differences in the level of protection afforded to different social groupings with respect to gender, ‘race’/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability and age. However, contemporary policy developments suggest that hierarchies of equality provisions are being levelled out so that there is growing harmonisation of protections afforded to different groupings. Furthermore, at the same time that policies are being targeted at a wide range of group collectivities, there is a growing sense of the artificially constructed nature of these collectivities. Therefore, there is also a search for more nuanced methods and approaches in relation to promoting equality and documenting diversity, which might acknowledge specificities of experience. These developments suggest that alongside the modernist agenda underpinning equality and diversity strategies, postmodern processes are also at play, involving the fragmentation of social identities.

Keywords: United Kingdom; equality; diversity; criminal justice; social identities; legislation; gender; sexual orientation; social groupings; religion

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