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to·ken·ism

 (tō′kə-nĭz′əm)
n.
1. The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration.
2. The practice of hiring or appointing a token number of people from underrepresented groups in order to deflect criticism or comply with affirmative action rules: "Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse" (Mary Daly).

tokenism

(ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm)
n
the practice of making only a token effort or doing no more than the minimum, esp in order to comply with a law
ˌtokenˈistic adj

to•ken•ism

(ˈtoʊ kəˌnɪz əm)

n.
the practice or policy of making no more than a minimal effort to offer opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
[1960–65]
to`ken•is′tic, adj.

tokenism

formal or superficial compliance with a law, requirement, convention, etc., especially in the hiring of members of a minority group.
See also: Attitudes
formal or superficial compliance with a law, requirement, convention, etc.
See also: Behavior
Translations

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkənɪzəm] Nprograma m político de fachada

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkənɪzəm] n
it's just tokenism → c'est une politique de pure forme

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm] nconcessione f pro forma inv
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It is breathtakingly patronising and takes tokenism to the extreme.
Referring to his own background, he said: "I think it would be tokenism that just because you're chair of the trade union group (in parliament), just because you're an ordinary working person and where you're from, that because of that you have the right to be the next leader of the party.
Worcester's halls of power are open to all, but in order to avoid the charge of tokenism, the Council would surely have to open the walls of City Hall for any and all previous councilors whose work and service were deemed noteworthy.
This is the sort of PC tokenism that makes people's blood boil.
The representation of women in parliament has always remained skewed and all major political parties have always indulged in mere tokenism.
Without the ability to implement change, the role feels tokenistic and I've never been one to go along with tokenism.
Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "There is a difference between tokenism and real engagement.
It is tokenism, for the politically-correct idiots.