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Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion by Barbara R. Deane, Bernardo M. Ferdman

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CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

Inclusion: Old Wine in New Bottles?

Stella M. Nkomo

An initial reaction to the concept of inclusion is that it may very well be a case of old wine in new bottles, or what Oswick and Noon (in press) argue is a “rhetorical management fashion.” Calling for inclusion in opposition to exclusion is a natural theoretical and practical response to the historical barriers to workplace equality in organizations. One might ask whether, indeed, this was not also the aim of diversity management in organizations. To answer this question, it may be useful to examine the evolution of theoretical and practical prescriptions for ending racism, sexism, ableism, and heterosexism in the workplace. Such a review may assist in really understanding ...

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