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Diversity Politics and the Politics of Difference

de Jong, Sara (2014). Diversity Politics and the Politics of Difference. In: Vieten, Ulrike M. ed. Revisiting Iris Marion Young on Normalisation, Inclusion and Democracy. Palgrave, pp. 87–105.

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This chapter employs Iris Marion Young’s framework of two types of politics of difference — the structural inequality model and the societal cultural model — to unpack and analyse the ‘difference’ that is articulated in diversity politics. Application of Young’s framework uncovers the tendency to a static understanding of culture, with limited reference to the structural processes underlying social group formation and inadequate attention to intersections with other categories. In order to account for the shift of diversity politics to difference as a ‘resource’, Young’s work needs to be placed in relation to ‘difference-conscious neo-liberalism’ rather than a ‘difference-blind liberalism’. Insights from studies on colonial cultural brokers can help demonstrate continuities in ‘domesticating’ difference for political and commercial ends, and show the continued relevance of Young’s account of normalising processes.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
ISBN: 1-349-49466-6, 978-1-349-49466-8
Keywords: diversity; EU; integration; migration; politics of difference
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: 46845
Depositing User: Sara de Jong
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 12:40
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:48
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