How Diversity Transforms the Project of Racial Equality

How Diversity Transforms the Project of Racial Equality

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Over the last 35 years, qdiversityq has become the orthodox, color-conscious ideology of race and inclusion in many U.S. institutions. My research interrogates diversity as a racialized political project, focusing on the organizational uses of diversity rhetoric. My analysis is based on case studies of a public university, a Fortune 500 company, and a city neighborhood, documented through six years of ethnographic, interview, and archival data. Administrators, executives, and political leaders in these disparate sites rely on a similar ideology of diversity: they present inclusion and difference as both morally good and institutionally beneficial. Their diversity discourse and related organizational initiatives affirm racial identity but downplay problems of racial and class disadvantage. Building on racial formation theory and cultural analyses of law and inequality, my findings demonstrate how decision-makers have adapted the meaning of race and the terms of institutional inclusion to fit better the political and organizational demands of the neoliberal, post-civil rights context. I show that the diversity project supports a wide range of agendas. Only a few of these agendas are concerned with remedying racial or economic inequality, and many of them replace, discredit, and otherwise diminish such remedies.Some scholars have argued that students of color will be able to complete application questions such as the diversity essay because they are more likely to have experience interacting with white people and other people of color ( Chambers, anbsp;...

Title:How Diversity Transforms the Project of Racial Equality
Author:Ellen C. Berrey
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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