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ISBN 9780080504841
Published July 4, 2013 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

The Dynamics of Managing Diversity:a critical approach takes a fresh approach to the issues of equality and diversity in the world of employment today.

It takes the view that the study of equality now needs to consider not only issues of discrimination, but also the needs of people in relation to their diverse cultures and identities. The text discusses diversity as recognition of the differences and similarities between and among social groups, and how resulting policies must reflect these.





The Dynamics of Managing Diversity offers an integrative approach looking at all the issues surrounding managing equality and diversity in the workplace. Equality and diversity are treated as mutually reinforcing, rather than competitive concepts. Topics explored are firmly placed within the organizational and labour market framework and examined from a sociological perspective. The text draws on European examples and countries which have made a significant contribution to managing equality and diversity.

Divided into two parts, the following topics are addressed:

Contexts and Concepts: background settings; the social contexts, the labour market, theoretical concepts and diversity, equality and discrimination issues at the level of the organization.
Policy and Practice: looks at the role of the State and EU, trade unions, employer policy approaches and a comparative view of policy examples within a European context.





Table of Contents

Context and concepts - Mapping the equality and diversity territory; The social and economic landscape; Theorizing labour market segmentation and identity issues; Diversity, equality and discrimination in organizations; Theorizing equality and diversity approaches; Policy and practice - Legislative framework; Trade unions as agents of change; Organizational policy and practice; Human resource management and the equality project; State policy, social provision and attitudes: comparison with and between member states of the European union.

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Reviews

'This text redresses the balance in a field that is often overly prescriptive, by presenting balanced, well-argued, and clearly set-out critiques, clarifying key terminology for students who may not be familiar with the range presented here.'
Sue Ledwith, Lecturer in HRM, Oxford Brookes University

The Dynamics of Managing Diversity provides that ranging across gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and race, the text seeks to provide a well balanced, well argued and clearly set out critique of current thinking and knowledge in this field. This is an excellent book and for those wishing to look at these emotive issues within an employment context, this is a good place to go.
Public Admin Research Centre, The Journal of the Institute of Public Sector Management.