Imagining diversity: An Irish case study of graduates’ perceptions of inequality in media work

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Arnold, Sarah
O'Brien, Anne
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Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
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Recent international challenges to the hegemonic structures in the media industries—particularly regarding gender, sex and class—have resulted in a range of institutional-level responses. In Ireland, state bodies such as Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have developed gender action plans. Funding incentives in screen production are now tied to increasing women’s participation. The national broadcaster, RTÉ and various independent companies have published diversity and inclusion strategies. The Irish media workforce today, it seems, should be open and inclusive to all. However, contemporary scholarship on media work suggests that structural barriers remain (O’Brien and Kerrigan; French). Media work is still a site of privilege, with working conditions and cultures reproducing class and gender hierarchies. (O’Brien et al., “Are”; Malik; Banks and Oakley). Our article proposes to add to this body of knowledge by prioritising the relatively neglected point of view of aspirant new entrants to industry. Generation Z graduate entrants articulate how graduates conceive of diversity and equality in the workplace, whether they believe they will experience structural or cultural exclusions, and how they interpret organisational efforts to achieve change.
Creative industries , Work , Diversity , Graduates
Arnold, S. and O'Brien, A. (2022) 'Imagining diversity: An Irish case study of graduates’ perceptions of inequality in media work', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 24, pp. 32-48.