Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work
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Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work

Edited by Lize A.E. Booysen, Regine Bendl and Judith K. Pringle

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have become features of organizations as a result of both legal and societal advances, as well as neoliberal economic reasoning and considerations. Current research approaches frequently fall short of addressing the challenges faced in EDI research, and this benchmark Handbook brings up to date coverage of research methods in EDI, and advances the development of research in the field.
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Chapter 4: Negotiating, gaining and maintaining access: what can we learn about diversity?

Jonna Louvrier


Access is often reported on as if it was merely a practical question of contacting a gatekeeper and gaining access to an organization. In this chapter this view is questioned, and alternative perspectives to access are discussed. Most importantly, the question of whether there is something to be learnt about the topic under study from access negotiation is posed. Louvrier illustrates that access-negotiating processes can produce valuable data about diversity; in her study, challenges in gaining and maintaining access to participants provided important insights about the societal context, organizational power relations and identity dynamics impacting the meanings of diversity. She suggests that researchers could be more attentive to, and open about, their research processes and treat unpredictable turns in access negotiations not as failures, but as valuable and natural parts of data production processes.

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