Reporting and the Politics of Difference: (Non)Disclosure on Ethnic Minorities

31 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2004

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Carol A Adams

Durham University Business School

Ken J. McPhail

University of Glasgow


This article is based on two related research questions. First, what is the level of disclosure on ethnic minorities in the two sectors of the U.K. economy that historically have employed the most ethnic minorities: the banking and retail sectors? And secondly, what influences the (non)disclosure? It specifically investigates the level of disclosures from 1935 to 1998 and situates them within the changing social, political and economic context of this period. It is contended that the changing pattern of disclosure during this period can be understood with reference to changes in the political strategies for managing the threat of racism adopted by successive governments. The article provides some tentative theoretical reflections on the nature of the racism problematic and the way in which power may be seen to operate through (non)disclosure in this particular instance.

JEL Classification: M41, M45

Suggested Citation

Adams, Carol A and McPhail, Ken J., Reporting and the Politics of Difference: (Non)Disclosure on Ethnic Minorities. Available at SSRN:

Carol A Adams (Contact Author)

Durham University Business School ( email )

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Ken J. McPhail

University of Glasgow ( email )

Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland G12 8LE
United Kingdom

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