Definition of tokenism in English:

tokenism

noun

  • [mass noun] The practice of making only a perfunctory or symbolic effort to do a particular thing, especially by recruiting a small number of people from under-represented groups in order to give the appearance of sexual or racial equality within a workforce:

    ‘the use of gay supporting characters is mere tokenism’
    • ‘Piecemeal reforms of immigration law are insufficient and smack of tokenism.’
    • ‘As quota critics have long maintained, heavy-handed quota schemes don't promote true racial diversity, only politically correct tokenism.’
    • ‘The major networks can't even be accused of tokenism because they have too few token efforts to show.’
    • ‘The attempt to rebalance parliament so the ‘other half’ of the electorate could be represented may have been motivated by political correctness, but it has been anything but tokenism.’
    • ‘We are allowing our countryside to be destroyed for the sake of environmental tokenism.’
    • ‘One suspects that aesthetic considerations were cynically sacrificed to muddle-headed political expediency and tokenism.’
    • ‘Some felt that welcome performances were merely tokenism as no indigenous people were attending the conference, others that the Aboriginal voices in the region must be acknowledged.’
    • ‘Simply electing a few women to assume key political positions is mere tokenism, and should fool no one.’
    • ‘But it is difficult to regard these attempts as more than mere tokenism.’
    • ‘I am inclined to think that such moves are mere tokenism.’
    • ‘However, a growing number of artistic directors are going beyond tokenism to a point where racial diversity is absolutely essential to their mission.’
    • ‘The industry scheme is all well and good but until every shop has a bin for collecting scrap mobile phone equipment, the scheme is nothing more than tokenism.’
    • ‘Our report shows that children as young as eight can tell the difference between tokenism and meaningful consultation.’
    • ‘With Scotland viewed by most as a distinctive media market, in terms of TV, publishing, radio, and advertising, such regulation could play a vital role in battling broadcasting tokenism.’
    • ‘It's merely an example of green tokenism which does nothing to meet any environmental objectives.’
    • ‘We are catching up with history, and I for one would rather there be an organic process, rather than tokenism.’
    • ‘It is only if we have a real sense of what is happening with women, all women, rich and poor, young and old, can we hope to arrive at strategies and solutions that can make a difference and go beyond rhetoric and tokenism.’
    • ‘Though considered by some to be mere tokenism, this openness to Asians has worked to the benefit of many dancers.’
    • ‘While it may be tokenism, it is at least an effort to expand the foundation of our knowledge.’
    • ‘This inevitably leads to some accusing the advertiser of tokenism or stereotyping, which in turn reinforces the difficulty of acting inclusively.’

Pronunciation:

tokenism

/ˈtəʊk(ə)nɪz(ə)m/