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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).
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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
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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.
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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
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Translations

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkənɪzəm] Nprograma m político de fachada
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkənɪzəm] n
it's just tokenism → c'est une politique de pure forme
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

tokenism

[ˈtəʊkəˌnɪzəm] nconcessione f pro forma inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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It's been this way for the longest time, and only recently have people truly realized that having a token black guy in a buddy cop movie wasn't enough to say, "Hey, we're totally diverse y'all." The struggle to break into showbiz despite race, gender, color, or creed is still real.
The token black guy should not be John Barnes or me, either.
On the first day of the hearing, Mr Owens told the tribunal colleagues had told him he was "the token black guy".
On the first day of the hearing Mr Owens told the tribunal colleagues had told him he was "the token black guy".
(Sample recent article title: Hood Rich Is the New Americana.) The site has some of the self-awareness of Schlossman's other project, featuring a column called The Token Black Guy Chronicles, which underscores an inconvenient truth: Many of the participants in (HASHTAG)menswear are white, and free to adopt hip-hop posturing without suffering the wages of racism.
Soon our protags--a predictable roll call of blonde bimbo, punky girl, token black guy, class clown, horror geek, etc.--are getting wasted for real by phantoms who suddenly have the ability to inflict real harm.