The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality
“A withering examination of how the celebration of cultural and ethnic difference obscures our yawning economic divide . . . This is a refreshing, angry, and important book.” —The Atlantic Monthly Acclaimed as “eloquent” (Chicago Tribune), “cogent” (The New Yorker), and “impossible to disagree with” (The Washington Post); excoriated as a “wildly implausible” product of “the ‘shock and awe’ school of political argument” (Slate), The Trouble with Diversity argues that our enthusiastic celebration of “difference” masks our neglect of the difference that really matters—the one between rich and poor. A magnificent skewer of pieties, Walter Benn Michaels takes on the many manifestations of our devotion—from affirmative action, to the worship of multiculturalism, to the obsession with heritage and identity—demonstrating that diversity offers a false vision of social justice, one that conveniently costs us nothing. In a daring break with both the left and the right, he calls for less attention to the illusory distinction of culture and more attention to the real discrepancies of class and wealth.
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Review: The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore InequalityUser Review - April - Goodreads
The idea of this was more thought provoking than the book. He played amateur political theorist, sociologist, and religious scholar but it never came back to the central idea that we overlook inequality to exalt identity. Read full review
Review: The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore InequalityUser Review - Todd Stockslager - Goodreads
Short and cogent argument that the current "neoliberal" emphasis on diversity (of race, culture, language, or religion) devalues economic equality and real political progress. "Celebrating diversity ... Read full review
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