The Resource The diversity machine : the drive to change the "white male workplace", Frederick R. Lynch

The diversity machine : the drive to change the "white male workplace", Frederick R. Lynch

Label
The diversity machine : the drive to change the "white male workplace"
Title
The diversity machine
Title remainder
the drive to change the "white male workplace"
Statement of responsibility
Frederick R. Lynch
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The latest fad in American businesses and universities is "diversity training." Most are familiar with the format: employees or students sit in a circle with their co-workers or classmates and engage in a variety of strange exercises. They role play, talk about their feelings, confront their prejudices. It all seems rather harmless, if a bit silly. Whose idea was all of this, anyway? Where did diversity training come from, and where is it going? The author spent five years researching the diversity business from the inside -- interviewing its principals, attending numerous sensitivity seminars, and studying institutions, such as the University of Michigan and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which have transformed themselves into virtual showcases of diversity. However innocuous this movement appears from the outside, Lynch finds that it is much more than it seems. Corporations, government offices, and colleges spend tens of millions of dollars annually to hire outside diversity consultants, who promise to turn these institutions into utopian meccas; in the institution that has learned to "value diversity," all tension between men and women, blacks and whites, gays and straights will be purged. But when these grandiose promises inevitably fall flat, the diversity merchants are expert in finding scapegoats. Either management didn't spend enough money on programs, or the organization was not aggressive enough in pursuing "non-white male" applicants, or there was a "white male backlash" against the inclusion of minorities and women in the institution. Indeed, the diversity industry cites no studies or other evidence to back up its dubious marketing claims. Some diversity consultants allege that pursuing diversity enhances a company's bottom line. Others take an even more cynical approach, declaring a bogus moral authority by portraying their business as the heir to the civil rights movement. The author shows how both of these postures work in concert to hoodwink thousands of American managers and CEOs into spending scarce resources on diversity patent medicines. This book effectively exposes the self-righteous, greedy, and ultimately ineffectual underside of the diversity business
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Frederick R
Dewey number
331.11/43
Index
index present
LC call number
HF5549.5.M5
LC item number
L96 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Staff Development
  • Minority Groups
  • Organizational Culture
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Civil Rights
  • Multiculturalisme en milieu de travail
  • Beschäftigung
  • Nationale Minderheit
  • Kulturelle Identität
  • Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
  • Gleichberechtigung
  • USA
Label
The diversity machine : the drive to change the "white male workplace", Frederick R. Lynch
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-402) and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Prologue : A taste of diversity training -- Introduction : beyond affirmative action -- Chapter 1. From "American Dilemma" to affirmative action -- Chapter 2. The evangelist and the business professor : the first diversity blueprints -- Chapter 3. Demography is destiny : the diversity machine takes off -- Chapter 4. Recession, rebellion, riot : the diversity machine at bay -- Chapter 5. Frustration and stall : confronting awkward cultural and political differences -- Chapter 6. Strong new allies, weak policy proof : Griggs and Thomas reformulate diversity -- Chapter 7. Defensive diversity training : the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department -- Chapter 8. From diversity dreams to budget nightmares : the California Community Colleges System -- Chapter 9. Multicultural vision meets multiversity realities : the University of Michigan -- Chapter 10. The diversity machine : transformed, transforming - and waiting -- Methodological appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 416 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1033652143
Label
The diversity machine : the drive to change the "white male workplace", Frederick R. Lynch
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-402) and index
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Prologue : A taste of diversity training -- Introduction : beyond affirmative action -- Chapter 1. From "American Dilemma" to affirmative action -- Chapter 2. The evangelist and the business professor : the first diversity blueprints -- Chapter 3. Demography is destiny : the diversity machine takes off -- Chapter 4. Recession, rebellion, riot : the diversity machine at bay -- Chapter 5. Frustration and stall : confronting awkward cultural and political differences -- Chapter 6. Strong new allies, weak policy proof : Griggs and Thomas reformulate diversity -- Chapter 7. Defensive diversity training : the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department -- Chapter 8. From diversity dreams to budget nightmares : the California Community Colleges System -- Chapter 9. Multicultural vision meets multiversity realities : the University of Michigan -- Chapter 10. The diversity machine : transformed, transforming - and waiting -- Methodological appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 416 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1033652143

Library Locations

  • Internet ArchiveBorrow it
    300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94118, US
    37.7823215 -122.4716373

Library Links

Processing Feedback ...