Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2000, page 67-83.
Atypology of different kinds of discrimination is defined. Most importantly it stresses the existence of indirect and unintended discrimination.
This is followed by a discussion of reasons why discrimination occurs. Anthropological research points to a certain ambivalence in the attitude of the Danes towards ethnic minority groups. Behind this seems to lie a specific conception of culture, which is regarded as nearly unchangeable and inherited. Therefore the ethnic minorities are perceived as a cultural threat. Finally, different levels of measures to combat discrimination are discussed: broad declarations of good intentions, activities to influence attitudes and behaviour and positive provisions to neutralise the effects of earlier discrimination.
It is concluded that a broad variety of measures are needed to combat discrimination.