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 20: Diversity trouble: feminist Foucauldian discourse analysis

Deborah Jones


To make ‘diversity trouble’ is to critique the notion of diversity itself, to examine how it is that we, as scholars and practitioners, come to use this term. This critique helps us to think differently about practice in order to transform it. The chapter takes a feminist approach, integrating the ‘tool box’ of Michele Foucault with Judith Butler’s idea of making ‘gender trouble’, extended to the concept of ‘diversity trouble’. It addresses readers who are not familiar with discourse analysis as well as those who are, creating links to the study of diversity, equality and inclusion. The empirical research that forms the central example is a study of the work of diversity practitioners in relation to gender and race/ethnicity. The chapter explores issues in carrying out feminist Foucauldian discourse analysis by describing the methodological framework of this study, the specific methods used, and the theoretical and political issues implied at each stage.

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