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Converging logics? Managing migration and managing diversity

de Jong, Sara (2016). Converging logics? Managing migration and managing diversity. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(3) pp. 341–358.

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Migration management and diversity management are recognised as central paradigms in the context of migration and plural societies. A review of scholarly literature analysing the discourses and practices of migration and diversity management reveal that the two phenomena have been studied in isolation and that research on diversity management has predominantly been published in organisation and management literature rather than being integrated in the field of ethnic and migration studies. This article argues that it is relevant and fruitful to study migration management and diversity management in conjunction, since there are significant thematic and logical convergences, and to incorporate diversity management in the study of migration in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the entanglement of migration and diversity management. Based on a synthesis of scholarship and analysis of European reports, the article proposes to recognise three main convergences between the logic of migration management and diversity management: the presentation of migration and plurality as the ‘new’ norm; optimisation; and technocracy. Finally, I suggest directions for a shared research agenda, and, drawing on the prominence of a Foucauldian governmentality framework in critical studies of migration and diversity management, present this as a potentially useful point of departure.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1469-9451
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
BrokerInGGrant no. 624577EU Marie Curie Actions: Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
Keywords: Diversity; migration; management; governmentality; policy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 46093
Depositing User: Sara de Jong
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 09:54
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 16:04
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