Diversity: The Invention of a Concept

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Encounter Books, 2003 - Social Science - 351 pages
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Diversity is America's newest cultural ideal. Corporations alter their recruitment and hiring policy in the name of a diverse workforce. Universities institute new admissions rules in the name of a diverse student body. What its proponents have in mind when they cite the compelling importance of diversity, Peter Wood argues in this elegant work, is not the dictionary meaning of the word -- variety and multiplicity -- but rather a set of prescribed numerical outcomes in terms of racial and ethnic makeup. Writing with wit and erudition, Wood has undertaken in this entertaining book nothing less than the biography of a concept. Drawing on his experience as a social scientist, he traces the birth and evolution of 'diversity'. He shows how diversity sprawls across politics, law, education, business, entertainment, personal aspiration, religion, and the arts, as an encompassing claim about human identity. It asserts the principle that people are, above all else, members of social groups and products of the historical experiences of those groups. In this sense, Wood shows, diversity is profoundly anti-individualist and at odds with America's older ideals of liberty and equality. Wood warn

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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
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Peter Wood is a professor of anthropology at Boston University.

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