Journal article

Deflecting responsibility in employer talk about race discrimination

Farida Tilbury, Val Colic-Peisker

DISCOURSE & SOCIETY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2006

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..

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