Challenging the Status Quo: Diversity, Democracy, and Equality in the 21st Century, David G. Embrick, Sharon M. Collins, and Michelle Dodson have compiled the latest ideas and scholarship in the area of diversity and inclusion. The contributors in this edited book offer critical analyses on many aspects of diversity as it pertains to institutional policies, practices, discourse, and beliefs. The book is broken down into 19 chapters over 7 sections that cover: policies and politics; pedagogy and higher education; STEM; religion; communities; complex organizations; and discourse and identity. Collectively, these chapters contribute to answering three main questions: 1) what, ultimately, does diversity mean; 2) what are the various mechanisms by which institutions understand and use diversity; and 3) and why is it important for us to rethink diversity?
Contributors: Sharla Alegria, Joyce M. Bell, Sharon M. Collins, Ellen Berrey, Enobong Hannah Branch, Meghan A. Burke, Tiffany Davis, Michele C. Deramo, Michelle Dodson, David G. Embrick, Edward Orozco Flores, Emma González-Lesser, Bianca Gonzalez-Sobrino, Matthew W. Hughey, Paul R. Ketchum, Megan Klein, Michael Kreiter, Marie des Neiges Léonard, Wendy Leo Moore, Shan Mukhtar, Antonia Randolph, Victor Erik Ray, Arthur Scarritt, Laurie Cooper Stoll.
David G. Embrick, Ph.D. (2006), Texas A&M University, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He has published extensively in journals such as
Social Problems, and
Journal of Symbolic Interaction.
Sharon M. Collins, Ph.D. (1988), Northwestern University, is Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of Illinois at Chicago. She has published extensively, to include
Black Corporate Executives (Temple University Press, 1997).
Michelle Dodson is an advanced graduate student at Loyola University Chicago.
Table of contents
Acknowledgments Map and Tables Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Introduction
Diversity: Good for Maintaining the Status Quo, Not So Much for Real Progressive Change David G. Embrick
Part 2: Policy, Politics, and Practice
Diversity and Affirmative Action: A Closer Look at Concepts and Goals Sharon M. Collins 3
Is Diversity Racial Justice? Affirmative Action in Admissions and the Promises and Perils of Law Ellen Berrey 4
Disfavored Subjects: How Liberalist Diversity Fails Racial Equity in Higher Education Joyce M. Bell and Wendy Leo Moore 5
“Boatloads of Money” in the Great Equalizer: How Diversity Furthers Inequality at the Neoliberal University Michael Kreiter and Arthur Scarritt
Part 3: Pedagogy and Transformation in Higher Education
Teaching in Black and White: Reflections of Teaching the Social Construction of Race Tiffany Davis, Wendy Leo Moore and Joyce M. Bell 7
“Formed, Transformed, Destroyed, and Re-formed”: Diversity Formation at a Majority-Minority University Shan Mukhtar
Part 4: Diversity and
: How Gendered Structures Affect Women’s Participation in Science Marie des Neiges Léonard 9
Equal Opportunity in Science: Diversity as an Economic and Social Justice Imperative Enobong Hannah Branch and Sharla Alegria
Part 5: Diversity and Communities
Diversity in the Church: A Comparative Analysis of Multiracial, White, and Black Congregations Michelle S. Dodson 11
“Not in My Backyard”: How Abstract Liberalism and Colorblind Diversity Undermines Racial Justice Laurie Cooper Stoll and Megan Klein 12
Sympathetic Racism: Color-Blind Discourse’s Liberal Flair in Three Diverse Communities Meghan A. Burke
Part 6: Diversity and Complex Organizations
When a Lack of Diversity Matters: How Juvenile Justice Professionals See Non-White Juveniles Paul R. Ketchum 14
Critical Diversity in the
Military: From Diversity to Racialized Organizations Victor Erik Ray 15
Undermining Prisoner Re-entry Initiatives: Neoliberalism, Race and Profits Edward Orozco Flores
Part 7: Meanings, Discourse, and Identity
On-Demand Diversity? The Meanings of Racial Diversity in Netflix Productions Bianca Gonzalez-Sobrino, Emma González-Lesser and Matthew W. Hughey 17
From Capital to Credit: On the Contingent Value of Difference within Diversity Discourse Antonia Randolph 18
The Spectacle of Volunteerism: Aid, Africa, and the Western Helper Michele C. Deramo
All interested in critical issues of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism, and anyone concerned with racism, sexism, and other social inequalities, in general.