Globalization and its melting pot of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures is attracting research that is gathering in substance and theory. A dynamic new field that represents a significant focus within management and organisation studies is emerging.

This Handbook showcases the scope of international perspectives that exist on workplace diversity and is the first to define this hotly contested field.

Part I of the Handbook dissects the theoretical reasons and shows how the study of workplace diversity follows different directions. Part II critiques quantitative and qualitative research methods within the field, while Part III investigates the parallels and distinctions between different workplace groups. Key issues are drawn together in an insightful introduction from the editors, and future directions for research are proposed in the conclusion.

The Handbook of Workforce Diversity is an indispensable resource for students and academics of human resource management, organizational behavior, organizational psychology and organization studies.

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

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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