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Amanda Sinclair

In: Handbook of Workplace Diversity

Chapter 22: Critical Diversity Management Practice in Australia1: Romanced or Co-Opted?

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Critical Diversity Management Practice in Australia1: Romanced or Co-Opted?
Critical diversity management practice in Australia1: Romanced or co-opted?

Working on diversity in organizations and classrooms appears to be a welcome opportunity to do research and intervene to promote fairness, equality and tolerance. In this chapter, I explore Australian experience of working with diversity to show how the diversity management discourse – with its universalizing language, expectations and justifications – can forestall and silence debate about race and gender issues and, in many cases, entrench the institutional status quo.

The chapter begins with an overview of the practice of diversity management in Australian organizations, revealing the increasing popularity of the term ‘diversity’ and its ostensible rising acceptance as a principle of good management. Despite the original intention of diversity ...

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