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Diversity: The Invention of a Concept

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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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Encounter Books (first published 2003)
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Janine
Jul 31, 2014 Janine added it
Recommends it for: anyone for whom logical consitency is not important
Shelves: unfinished
I was only about 30 pages into this book after a week of effort. Since I normally read about 100 pages/hour that is a little surprising. The only reason I bothered to read past the introduction is that I feel it is time to re-evaluate multiculturalism as a doctrine. This book proports to undertake the "biography of a concept" and describe the way that diversity is a "deadening force in America." Unfortunately, it is so chock full of logical inconsistencies, contradictions and absurd conclusions ...more
The American Conservative
'In his book Diversity: The Invention of a Concept, Peter Wood describes his pleasure as a child in Pittsburgh when visiting the city’s aviary, where birds from disparate regions of the world were all intermingled—“species whose ancestors last met when Tyrannosaurus Rex still was king.” Several years later, however, a renovation of the aviary resulted in individual exhibits, separating the birds in order to simulate natural habitat. Now one can stand in front of a window, writes Wood, “and watch ...more
Christopher
Jan 31, 2015 Christopher rated it it was ok
This guy had his head on straight and this is great concept for a book, but... he needed Mad Eye Moody as an editor, standing behind him the whole time barking, "Constant vigilance!" to keep him on task. Instead he got Trelawney. His book dithers and veers around about as badly, and his "Grims!" got boring and random by the end. A sad, sad case of failed stasis theory.
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Mar 31, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
Not a "fun" read, per se, but it makes a compelling case for how the concept (versus the reality) of 'diversity' was created and used for ill.
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Very helpful for critically thinking about what that buzzword "diversity" means.
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