from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration.
- n. The practice of hiring or appointing a token number of people from underrepresented groups in order to deflect criticism or comply with affirmative action rules: "Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse” ( Mary Daly).
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- n. A policy of formally complying with efforts to achieve a goal by making small, token gestures; especially to hire a minimal number of ethnically diverse or disadvantaged people
From token + -ism. (Wiktionary)