Deflecting responsibility in employer talk about race discrimination

Colic-Peisker, V and Tilbury, F 2006, 'Deflecting responsibility in employer talk about race discrimination', Discourse and Society, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 651-676.


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Title Deflecting responsibility in employer talk about race discrimination
Author(s) Colic-Peisker, V
Tilbury, F
Year 2006
Journal name Discourse and Society
Volume number 17
Issue number 5
Start page 651
End page 676
Total pages 26
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This article explores a number of discursive devices used by employers when talking about employment market issues for migrants in Australia. Data come from a research project which sought to understand barriers to employment for 'visibly different' refugees and new migrants. Analysis reveals that employers use a number of rhetorical strategies, embedded within broader racist discourses, to deflect attention from their own possible culpability in discriminating against those from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The forms these 'exoneration utterances' take are examined in detail. Employers attribute inequitable employment outcomes to the market, their customers or clients, the community and to the applicants themselves, absolving themselves, and the companies they represent, of responsibility.
Subject Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0957926506066349
ISSN 0957-9265
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