Diversifying the uniform? The participation of minority ethnic personnel in the British armed services

Dandeker, C. and Mason, D., 2003. Diversifying the uniform? The participation of minority ethnic personnel in the British armed services. Armed Forces and Society, 29 (4), pp. 481-507. ISSN 0095-327X

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Abstract

This paper considers the pressures on the British armed services to increase the participation of minority ethnic groups and assesses recent government policy on this issue. Limited progress has been made towards the realisation of current goals, which are framed largely in terms of the concept of ‘equal opportunities’. The authors argue that while the concept of diversity appears to provide a more sociologically well founded basis for future government strategy on this aspect of service personnel policy, there remain significant obstacles to effective implementation of practical measures. These concern in particular the way in which the armed services relate to wider questions of British identity. Successfully increasing the participation of minority ethnic communities in the British armed services, we contend, entails developing a new framework for British identity and citizenship that cannot be accomplished by the armed services alone. Rather it is a responsibility of both government and wider society as a whole.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Post-print
Publication Title: Armed Forces and Society
Creators: Dandeker, C. and Mason, D.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2003
Volume: 29
Number: 4
ISSN: 0095-327X
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0095327X0302900402DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2004 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:59
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21145

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