Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned To Love Identity...
|Author||Michaels, Walter Benn|
âMichaels has written a bracing polemic that should quicken the debate over what diversity really means, or should mean, in academia and beyond.ââThe New York Review of BooksIf thereâs one thing Americans agree on, itâs the value of diversity. Our corporations vie for slots in the Diversity Top 50, our universities brag about minority recruiting, and every month is Somebodyâs History Month. But in this âeloquentâ (Chicago Tribune) and âcaptivatingâ (Los Angeles Times) book, Walter Benn Michaels argues that our enthusiastic celebration of âdifferenceâ masks our neglect of Americaâs vast and growing economic divide.When it was first published in 2006,The Trouble with Diversityprovoked a firestorm of praise and condemnationânot only hailed as âgeniusâ (The Economist), âcogentâ (The New Yorker), and âimpossible to disagree withâ (The Washington Post) it was excoriated as a âwildly implausibleâ product of âthe âshock and aweâ school of political argumentâ (Slate) and âSeething, misplaced, amnesiac resentmentâ (The Nation). Now, a decade later, Michaels offers a new afterword on how our regime of equal-opportunity exploitation has only intensified. Magnificently iconoclastic, he demonstrates that commitments to diversity fail to offer a premise for social justice and in fact legitimize the economic forces that drive inequality rather than offering a resistance or even a critique. Most importantly, he makes the case that we should pay less attention to the illusory distinction of culture, and more attention to the real discrepancies of class and wealth.