Educational Diversity: The Subject of Difference and Different Subjects

Hardcover | October 30, 2012

EditorYvette Taylor

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"Diversity" has become a key term in contemporary social theory, politics and practice and is often used as both a description of complex social realities and a prescription for how those realities should be valued, assessed and managed. As "diversity" is increasingly invoked in changing educational landscapes it is pulled in different directions: as capital, cure, caveat and check. In considering diversity in education this collection explores the relationship between new equality regimes and continued societal inequalities, exploring change, ambivalence and resistance as negotiated and differently inhabited in and through policies, institutional practices and everyday encounters.  Uniquely, it brings together a focus on (post)compulsory education, seeking to more fully situate educational journeys and experiences of staff, students and pupils. Current considerations of diversity are placed within different changing educational contexts from the UK, Ireland, Australia and Taiwan. These perspectives aim to situate discussion of diversity across time and place - including discussion of who is diverse, the feeling of diversity, legislating for diversity, and enabling diverse pedagogies.

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"Diversity" has become a key term in contemporary social theory, politics and practice and is often used as both a description of complex social realities and a prescription for how those realities should be valued, assessed and managed. As "diversity" is increasingly invoked in changing educational landscapes it is pulled in different...

YVETTE TAYLOR is Professor in Social and Policy Studies and Head of the Weeks Centre, London South Bank University, UK. Books include Working-Class Lesbian Life: Classed Outsiders, Lesbian and Gay Parenting, and Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities. Edited collections include Classed Intersections; Theori...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230293427

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Table of Contents

Educational Diversity: The Subject of Difference and Different Subjects; Y.Taylor
Doing Diversity Differently; D.Reay
Space, Affect and Value: A Commentary on Educational Diversity: The Subject of Difference and Different Subjects; J.Binnie
PART I: COMPULSORY EDUCATION, COMPELLING DIVERSITY
Inclusion through Exclusion: A Critical Account of New Behaviour Management Practices in Schools; V.Gillies
'It's just them, not us': Doing Research with Children Designated as Having SEN: Identity, Agency and Voice; V.Sundaram & A.Wilde
Learning to be Hearing: Is the Mainstream School a Space for Normalising Deaf Children?; E.Mathews
Shaping Young People's Gender and Sexual Identities in Taiwan: Can Teaching Practices Produce Diverse Subjects?; Y.Hsieh
PART II: HIGHER EDUCATION, HIGHER STANDARDS?
Unpicking that 'Something Special': Background and the University Application Process; S.Evans
Beyond 'Inclusion': Student Diversity as a Learning Resource; J.Shaw & K.Bridger
Mapping Exclusion in Undergraduate Psychology: Towards a Common Architecture of the Minority Student Experience; I.Hodges & S.Jobanputra
Embodying Diversity and Pedagogies of Progress; K.Inckle
Doing Diversity and Evading Equality: The Case of Student Work Placements in the Creative Sector; K.Allen, J.Quinn, S.Hollingworth & A.Rose
PART III: BOUNDARY CONDITIONS
Embodying Diversity: Problems and Paradoxes for Black Feminists; S.Ahmed
Talking about 'Diverse Genders and Sexualities' Means Talking about More Than White Middle-Class Queers; D.W.Riggs
Feeling Your Way within and Across Classed Spaces: The (Re)making and (Un)doing of Identities of Value within Higher Education in the UK; M.Addison
Facts, Fictions, Identity Constrictions: Sexuality, Gender and Class in Higher Education; Y.Taylor
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"'Diversity' superseded equal opportunity only to bring about inertia and a happy clappy multicultural tick box culture in our educational institutions. Taylor's powerful scholarly collection breathes a breath of fresh air to the whole messy and confusing 'diversity' debate, showing the impact of the bureaucratic 'diversity' malaise on the day to day reality of underrepresented and disadvantage groups who live within the struggle and fight back. This book is vital reading for all those who care about social justice and equality in our places of learning and teaching." – Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Equalities Studies in Education Institute of Education, University of London, UK and author of Respecting Difference: Race, Faith and Culture for Teacher Educators. "This book offers to critical scholarship some of the most sophisticated contemporary thinking and research on 'diversity' as a discursive trope and embodied reality. Ranging across the globe as source of its chapters – authors discuss 'diversity' as it is lived and legislated for in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Taiwan focussing on the spaces of mainstream or 'special' schooling, elite or 'access' higher education institutions and routes to employment (or not). This is a rich wide-ranging edited collection informed by the vivid vocabularies of feminisms, cultural sociology as well as the classic sociological concerns with class. All the contributions though are shaped by a common intellectual and political ambition to perturb the normative regulation of those deemed as 'different'. These authors resist 'diversity' as a perfunctory performance indicator, to show that who is made 'diverse' or who can trade in 'diversity', works as an incipient geometry of power. This collection is therefore to be welcomed as it puts this formation under powerful scrutiny generating important resources for educators committed to asking awkward questions of educational and social inequalities." – Valerie Hey, Professor of Education, University of Sussex, UK"Educational Diversity is a rich interdisciplinary collection showcasing a wide range of theoretical approaches and methodologies ... a very useful read for anyone with an interest in education and social justice because of the way it raises issues and gathers interdisciplinary strands" - Feminist and Women's Studies Association Blog