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Colour-blind diversity: how the “Diversity Label” reshaped anti-discrimination policies in three French local governments

Abstract : Drawing on the qualitative study of three French local governments (Paris, Nantes and the Seine-Saint-Denis department), this article examines the implementation of local anti-discrimination policy during the 2010s. To what extent have these local governments, particularly eager to assert "diversity" values, renegotiated the dominant, colour-blind perspective prevailing at the national level? To address this question, we examined how they used a policy instrument called the 'Diversity Label'. We found that in the three cases, the commitment to the label reinforced both the institutionalization and the managerialization of anti-discrimination policy. Yet, in Nantes and Paris, it also led to a deracialization of anti-discrimination policy-i.e. to the obliteration of its ethno-racial dimension. The Seine-Saint-Denis department, where the majority group tends to become a minority, appears as a contrasting case, as ethno-racial concerns have remained central.
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Laure Bereni, Renaud Epstein, Manon Torres. Colour-blind diversity: how the “Diversity Label” reshaped anti-discrimination policies in three French local governments. Ethnic and Racial Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2020, Diversity in local political practice, 43 (11), pp.1942-1960. ⟨10.1080/01419870.2020.1738523⟩. ⟨halshs-02735300⟩

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