The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality

The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality

Walter Benn Michaels


“Michaels has written a bracing polemic that are meant to quicken the controversy over what variety quite skill, or may still suggest, in academia and beyond.”―The manhattan overview of Books

If there’s something american citizens agree on, it’s the price of variety. Our businesses vie for slots within the variety most sensible 50, our universities brag approximately minority recruiting, and each month is Somebody’s heritage Month. yet during this “eloquent” (Chicago Tribune) and “captivating” (Los Angeles Times) publication, Walter Benn Michaels argues that our enthusiastic occasion of “difference” mask our overlook of America’s giant and turning out to be financial divide.

When it used to be first released in 2006, The difficulty with Diversity provoked a firestorm of compliment and condemnation―not basically hailed as “genius” (The Economist), “cogent” (The New Yorker), and “impossible to disagree with” (The Washington Post) it was once excoriated as a “wildly improbable” made from “the ‘shock and awe’ institution of political argument” (Slate) and “Seething, lost, amnesiac resentment” (The Nation). Now, a decade later, Michaels deals a brand new afterword on how our regime of equal-opportunity exploitation has simply intensified. Magnificently iconoclastic, he demonstrates that commitments to range fail to supply a premise for social justice and in reality legitimize the industrial forces that force inequality instead of supplying a resistance or perhaps a critique. most significantly, he makes the case that we should always pay much less consciousness to the illusory contrast of tradition, and extra awareness to the genuine discrepancies of sophistication and wealth.

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