|What's Wrong with Equality of Opportunity
Professor Eithne Mc Laughlin
The purpose of this seminar led by Professor Eithne McLaughlin was twofold. First, to give an overview of the complexities of the concept of equality of opportunity that are put forward in the academic literature in order to facilitate more in-depth thinking around the assumptions that underpin this ideology, thereby considering its limitations more carefully.
The second part of seminar focused on the question of whether (or not) there might be additional challenges for equality of opportunity in societies characterised by ethno-national conflict (ie ‘divided societies’) such as Northern Ireland. Professor Mc Laughlin suggested six hypotheses for participants to consider in relation to this interesting and, indeed, particularly challenging question. The presentation will be available in two parts - (i) The Sekelton in the Human Rights Cupboard: The Social Critique of Equality of Opportunity; (ii) The Equality Chameleon
The seminar was attended by 75 delegates, and a follow up seminar for discussion purposes was held in March.