The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality (Paperback)

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    Walter Benn Michaels is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “One of the most influential Americanists of his generation” (The Chronicle of Higher Education), he is the author of Our America and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and n+1. He lives in Chicago.
    “A withering examination of how the celebration of cultural and ethnic difference obscures our yawning economic divide . . .   This is a refreshing, angry, and important book.” —The Atlantic Monthly
     
    Acclaimed as “eloquent” (Chicago Tribune), “cogent” (The New Yorker), and “impossible to disagree with” (The Washington Post); excoriated as a “wildly implausible” product of “the ‘shock and awe’ school of political argument” (Slate), The Trouble with Diversity argues that our enthusiastic celebration of “difference” masks our neglect of the difference that really matters—the one between rich and poor. A magnificent skewer of pieties, Walter Benn Michaels takes on the many manifestations of our devotion—from affirmative action, to the worship of multiculturalism, to the obsession with heritage and identity—demonstrating that diversity offers a false vision of social justice, one that conveniently costs us nothing. In a daring break with both the left and the right, he calls for less attention to the illusory distinction of culture and more attention to the real discrepancies of class and wealth.

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    ISBN 9780805083316
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
    Format Paperback
    Pages 243
    Publisher Date 2007-08-22 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Henry Holt & Co
    Copyright Year 2006
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Michaels, Walter Benn
    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    Country of Origin United States

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