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Paradoxes of Diversity

Paradoxes of Diversity
Peter Baehr

‘We must accept living in an amputated, damaged state, living in finitude and division’ (Furet, 2014, p. 75).

‘United in diversity’ (Motto of the European Union).

Introduction: Of Tricks and Entanglements

Sustainability, social justice, global citizenship: these are among the sacred terms of the Western lexicon today. Diversity is another. Its meteoric rise is unmistakable. ‘In the marketplace of political culture, few terms have amassed more influence as quickly as “diversity”', writes Randall Kennedy (2013: 100).1 Michèle Lamont's study (2009, pp. 203, 212) of peer review in a variety of academic disciplines reveals that diversity is generally ‘perceived as an intrinsic good'. For Jeffrey Alexander (2006, pp. 8, 450–7), diversity exemplifies how qualities once stigmatized, such as ...

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