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The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned…

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

by Walter Benn Michaels

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A powerful critique of the politics of "diversity" in contemporary America (particularly in higher education) from a leftist perspective. Michaels's arguments verge on devastating, and his prose is lucid. In the end, I disagree with his framing of the problem, which I think ignores the ways that race and class intersect in determining people's life chances. Still, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in identity politics. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
A very good book which puts current politics into a very new perspective. ( )
  maunder | May 17, 2007 |
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"A withering examination of how the celebration of cultural and ethnic difference obscures our yawning economic divide . . .   This is a refreshing, angry, and important book." --The Atlantic Monthly
Acclaimed as "eloquent" (Chicago Tribune), "cogent" (The New Yorker), and "impossible to disagree with" (The Washington Post); excoriated as a "wildly implausible" product of "the 'shock and awe' school of political argument" (Slate), The Trouble with Diversity argues that our enthusiastic celebration of "difference" masks our neglect of the difference that really matters--the one between rich and poor. A magnificent skewer of pieties, Walter Benn Michaels takes on the many manifestations of our devotion--from affirmative action, to the worship of multiculturalism, to the obsession with heritage and identity--demonstrating that diversity offers a false vision of social justice, one that conveniently costs us nothing. In a daring break with both the left and the right, he calls for less attention to the illusory distinction of culture and more attention to the real discrepancies of class and wealth.

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A critique of the American obsession with diversity argues that we are ignoring the ever-widening economic divide in American society, that diversity has created a false notion of social justice, and that we need to emphasize equality over diversity.

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