a show of accommodation to a demand, principle, etc. by small, often merely routine or superficial concessions to it; specif., the practice of hiring or including a small number of individuals, as of a minority group, merely to comply with equal-opportunity policies or regulations
- The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal, such as racial integration.
- 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).
(countable and uncountable, plural tokenisms)
From token +"Ž -ism.