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Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts

Paul Weller, Kingsley Purdam, Nazila Ghanea and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
9781441166203, 1441166203, 9781441181312 (ePub), 1441181318 (ePub), 9781441165305 (ePDF), 1441165304 (ePDF)
"Benchmark publication on religion, discrimination and equality, which contributes to international and global debates by using empirical data from the UK as a case study"--
"In recent years, controversial issues related to religion or belief, discrimination, equality and human rights have come to the fore, especially in the context of public debates around multiculturalism following the 'social policy shock' created by the impact of violent religious extremism. For example should there be restrictions on what people can wear in the work place based on their religious identity? Should religious organizations be exempt from aspects of equalities legislation which are not in line with their beliefs and values? How should non-religious identities be recognized?In the context of increasing cultural and religion or belief diversity, it is vitally important for the future to understand the nature and extent of discrimination and unfair treatment on the grounds of religion or belief, and to assess the adequacy of policies, practices and laws designed to tackle this. This includes the overlap of religion or belief identities with other aspects of people's identity including characteristics such as age, disability, race, sex and sexual orientation which can also be legally protected.This volume is a benchmark publication on religion, discrimination and equality. It includes data and insights derived from the fieldwork, focus groups and questionnaire survey of a recent national research project in Britain. Its analysis presents a unique insight into continuity and change in people's reported experience over a decade of equalities legislation and political and social change. Grounded in empirical and contextualized data, its findings are placed in the context of European and international human rights law. Its findings will be of special interest to both scholars and practitioners working in the specific fields of education, employment, the media, criminal justice and immigration, housing, health care, social services, and funding, as well as in the broader fields of religion or belief, the law and public policy"--
  • 1. The book, the research and key concepts
  • 2. Historical perspectives on the law, rights, and religion or belief discrimination
  • 3. Contemporary context of religion and belief, state and society
  • 4. The law: a decade of continuity and change
  • 5. Religion or belief discrimination: evidence and methods
  • 6. Experience of unfair treatment in education, employment and media
  • 7. Experience of unfair treatment in criminal justice and immigration; housing; health care; social services, planning and other services; and funding
  • 8. Experience of unfair treatment from, between and within religious groups and from political, community and other pressure groups
  • 9. An analytical spectrum for understanding the evidence
  • 10. Evidence-based signposts for future policy, law and practice
  • Appendix: Selected list of relevant legal cases in England and Wales, 2000-10.
xvi, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-254) and indexes.
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