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Anthropology professor Wood examines two kinds of diversity. Diversity as physical and cultural variation among humans was propounded by nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century systematic anthropology. Diversity as the conviction that physical and cultural traits should determine one's eligibility for admission to college, career advancement, and bestowal of government largesse arose from Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell's freestanding decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, in which he allowed that differences in race, gender, and other traits--designated as diversity--were worthy of consideration in distributing social goods. The new diversity quickly became an aggressive ideology, damaging American institutions and poisoning public discourse with "identity politics." Wood blames the Left for using diversity to undermine democracy and faintly praises the marketplace for trivializing it into a matter of lifestyle choice. But the marketplace is interested in making money off diversity, not quashing it. "We will be left," he sadly concludes his otherwise surprisingly congenial survey, "for a long while still, with the reign of diversity's pasteboard stereotypes." Ray Olson
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"A perceptive and closely reasoned examination of the spread and implications of contemporary Diversity."See all Editorial Reviews
We have been sold a very destructive concept. That of different races and classes and, therefore, the need for diversity. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eugene Kasper
Found this at the Strand for a buck. It's a well-written book, but the logical operations -- supporting the author's intention of somehow unraveling the notion of diversity by... Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Trip Like I Do
This book opened my eyes to the plight of college campuses and students applying to college. It's definitely something to think about.Published on December 23, 2012 by Elizabeth Brewster
A great primer on the "Diversity" concept and the role Bakke played in starting the concept rolling. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by A-man
All people of good will recognize that there are two meanings of the word diversity. Thus, Peter Wood speaks of diversity and (italicized) diversity, the latter being code for a... Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by Richard B. Schwartz
As the author of my own diversity blog: [...] I was all set to lambast this book when I recently purchased a used copy from Amazon. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Patrick M. Sanchez
Others have said it: It's a brave person who flies in the face of the much-hyped idea of "diversity. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by BH