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 16: Queering quantitative research: dealing with processes of categorization in EDI research

Roswitha Hofmann


In this chapter processes of categorization in quantitative research are discussed from a queer theoretical perspective. Bearing in mind that methods are not innocent yet always powerful instruments of biopolitics and governmentality, Hofmann highlight’s the heteronormative framing of ‘sexual identities’ and ‘sexual orientations’. It is the objective of this chapter to reflect on the construction and use of these categories in official statistics and quantitative research by discussing empirical examples and good practices of dealing with social categories. This chapter is an effort to encourage further debates on the empirical use of categories in EDI research and to foster a queer-reflective use.

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