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Unlocking the Barriers to Participation of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the Decision-Making Processes: The Potential of Multimedia

Mahdjoubi, Lamine; Moobela, Cletus


Lamine Mahdjoubi


Cerebrating diversity has become one of the most important exports from political science into everyday language usage. As many political boundaries continue to fall under the weight of such phenomena as globalisation, recognising and tapping the potential of diversity is equally becoming a crucial paradigm in the relentless pursuit of human progress. However, despite the recognition of a manifold benefits arising from integrating diversity in many spheres of the human existence, the mechanisms for achieving that goal are still relatively limited. This appears like an irony, especially given the providence of robust communication tools offered by the communications revolution that has come in the form of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). What is it that stops effective engagement of diversity in many decision-making processes? The aim of this paper, therefore, is to explore the landscape of barriers and incentives to engagement of diversity in decision-making processes, with a view to examining the potential of multimedia techniques in breaking the barriers. In particular, participation of minority and ethnic communities in planning and design decision-making processes is explored within the context of a specific case study in the United Kingdom. The paper concludes by suggesting construction of multimedia tools based on a triple-dimensioned agenda of knowledge transfer, data processing, and entertainment as the key building blocks for a framework that cuts across multicultural boundaries.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-08
Deposit Date Dec 5, 2022
Journal The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review
Print ISSN 1447-9532
Electronic ISSN 1447-9583
Publisher Common Ground Research Networks
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 141-154
Keywords Diversity, Planning Participation, Multimedia
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