Diversity: The Invention of a Concept

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Encounter Books, 2003 - Social Science - 351 pages
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"In just a few years, diversity has become America's most visible cultural ideal. Corporations alter their recruitment and hiring policies in the name of a diverse workforce. Universities institute new admissions procedures in the name of a diverse student body. Presidents choose their major appointees in the name of a diverse cabinet. And what diversity proponents have in mind, Peter Wood argues, is not the dictionary meaning of the word - variety and multiplicity - but a new and often narrow kind of conformity." "Whether as prescribed numerial outcome or as the celebration of cultural difference, diversity, according to Wood, is now a deadening force in American life, a cliche that promotes group stereotypes and undermines any real diversity of ideas and individuals." "In this learned and entertaining book, Wood has undertaken nothing less than the biography of a concept. Drawing on classic texts of history and anthropology, science and religion, he shows that - contrary to the self-flattering assumptions of our time - Americans of earlier eras often met diversty open-mindedly, with a combination of awe, delight and curiosity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Wood (anthropology, Boston Univ.) here traces the development of diversity from its literal meaning-variety and multiplicity-to its current meaning of prescribed outcomes based on ethnic, racial ... Read full review

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Obama force-integrated Marin county because it was "too White", and all the "anti-racists" cheered.
If Obama force integrated Detroit because it "too Black" or Texas because it was "too Mexican
", do you think the "anti-racists" would cheer??
No, they ONLY cheer when White people are subject to a program genocide.
But of course we all know that, and we all know anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.
 

Contents

TWO Imagined Diversity
19
THREE Diversity Before Diversity
49
FOUR The Language of Diversity
82
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Peter Wood is a professor of anthropology at Boston University.

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