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Multiple discrimination at work: Gaining entry to the Swedish workforce
Author/s: Eva Schoemer 
Year:  2016 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  22 Pg. 117-138 FullText PDF:  407 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SD2016-002008
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This article discusses the role played by the law in personal experiences of marginalization from Swedish society from the perspective of sociology of law through the framework of intersectional. Like many legal issues, discrimination dwells in the world of everyday life, work life, and society. While most of the social sciences deploy a varied array of methods and methodological approaches, across a wide range of problems, the field of legal scholarship usually confines itself to just one method: the so-called legal dogmatic method. The author argues for an expanded methodology of jurisprudence when it comes to the area of anti-discrimination, since acts of discrimination ultimately violate not the rights of their immediate victim, but also the rights of all people who find themselves in similar situations. When a court finds a specific act - say, the use of a racial slur - not discriminatory in a particular context, it can easily lead to a public perception that racial slurs are not discriminatory in general. This creates a mechanism by which people who do not ‘look like everyone else’ - people of colour, people who wear headscarves, people who come from regions that get bad press - come to be excluded from society. To tear down the walls around discrimination victims, we will have to extend and refine the traditional legal dogmatic method. One way to begin might be if the rulings of the Labour Court could take into account more than just ‘black letter law’, the law in books. The Court might seek to understand how their rulings will be received and what signals they will send to society about law in action.
Keywords: Intersectionality - Discrimination - Gender - Feminism - Multiple discrimination - Marginalization

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Eva Schoemer, Multiple discrimination at work: Gaining entry to the Swedish workforce in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 2/2016, pp. 117-138, DOI:10.3280/SD2016-002008


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