On Being Included

- Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life

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indgår i serie Duke University Press


On Being Included
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Bog, paperback
Udgivelsesdato:
28-03-2012
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
256
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What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the metaphor of the "brick wall." On Being Included offers an explanation of this apparent paradox. It explores the gap between symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity. Commitments to diversity are understood as "non-performatives" that do not bring about what they name. The book provides an account of institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity. Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. On Being Included offers a critique of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of institutions in attempting to transform them.

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Udgivelsesdato:
28-03-2012
ISBN13:
9780822352365
Vægt:
340 g
Dybde:
18 mm
Bredde:
155 mm
Højde:
218 mm
Format:
Paperback
Forfattere
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse Argues that a commitment to diversity is frequently substituted for a commitment to actual change. This title traces the work that diversity does, examining how the term is used and the way it serves to make questions about racism seem impertinent. 3 illustrations

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