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Description - Diversity by Peter Wood

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 meaning of the word - variety and multiplicity - but rather a set of prescribed numerical outcomes in terms of racial and ethnic makeup. Writing with wit and erudition, Wood has undertaken in this entertaining book nothing less than the biography of a concept. Drawing on his experience as a social scientist, he traces the birth and evolution of 'diversity'. He shows how diversity sprawls across politics, law, education, business, entertainment, personal aspiration, religion, and the arts, as an encompassing claim about human identity. It asserts the principle that people are, above all else, members of social groups and products of the historical experiences of those groups. In this sense, Wood shows, diversity is profoundly anti-individualist and at odds with America's older ideals of liberty and equality. Wood warns that as a political ideology, diversity undercuts America's long effort to overcome racial division.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594030420
ISBN-10: 1594030421
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 158mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Encounter Books,USA
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Wood

Peter Wood has written for 'Partisan Review' and other publications. He is a Professor of Anthropology and Associate Provost at Boston University.

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