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Educational Diversity

The Subject of Difference and Different Subjects


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Educational Diversity: The Subject of Difference and Different Subjects

  3. Compulsory Education, Compelling Diversity

  4. Higher Education, Higher Standards?

  5. Boundary Conditions

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 268-270

About this book


This collection explores the relationship between new equality regimes and continued societal inequalities, exploring change, ambivalence and resistance specifically in relation to compulsory and post-compulsory education, seeking to more fully situate the educational journeys and experiences of staff and students.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.London South Bank UniversityLondonUK

About the authors

MICHELLE ADDISON PhD student at Newcastle University and Visiting Scholar at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, UK SARA AHMED Professor in Race and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK KIM ALLEN Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University, UK KATH BRIDGER Director of BSV associates Ltd, UK JON BINNIE Reader in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK SARAH EVANS Engagement Development Manager for Social Sciences at The British Library, UK VAL GILLIES Professor of Social Research and a co-director of the Families & Social Capital Research Group, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, UK IAN HODGES is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster, UK SUMI HOLLINGWORTH Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University, UK YU-CHIEH HSIEH Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Chinese Culture University, Taiwan SANJAY JOBANPUTRA Senior Lecturer in psychology at the University of Westminster, UK ELIZABETH MATTHEWS Lecturer at Institutue of Technology, Tallaght, Ireland JOCEY QUINN Professor of Education at the University of Plymouth, UK DIANE REAY a Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge , UK DAMIEN W. RIGGS Senior Lecturer in social work at Flinders University, Australia ANTHEA ROSE is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University, UK JENNY SHAW Head of Higher Education Engagement for the UNITE Group, UK VANITA SUNDARMA Lecturer in Education at the University of York, UK

Bibliographic information


"'Diversity' superseded equal opportunity only to bring about inertia and a happy clappy multicultural tick box culture in our educational institutions. Taylor's powerful scholarly collection breathes a breath of fresh air to the whole messy and confusing 'diversity' debate, showing the impact of the bureaucratic 'diversity' malaise on the day to day reality of underrepresented and disadvantage groups who live within the struggle and fight back. This book is vital reading for all those who care about social justice and equality in our places of learning and teaching." Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Equalities Studies in Education Institute of Education, University of London, UK and author of Respecting Difference: Race, Faith and Culture for Teacher Educators.

"This book offers to critical scholarship some of the most sophisticated contemporary thinking and research on 'diversity' as a discursive trope and embodied reality. Ranging across the globe as source of its chapters authors discuss 'diversity' as it is lived and legislated for in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Taiwan focussing on the spaces of mainstream or 'special' schooling, elite or 'access' higher education institutions and routes to employment (or not). This is a rich wide-ranging edited collection informed by the vivid vocabularies of feminisms, cultural sociology as well as the classic sociological concerns with class. All the contributions though are shaped by a common intellectual and political ambition to perturb the normative regulation of those deemed as 'different'. These authors resist 'diversity' as a perfunctory performance indicator, to show that who is made 'diverse' or who can trade in 'diversity', works as an incipient geometry of power. This collection is therefore to be welcomed as it puts this formation under powerful scrutiny generating important resources for educators committed to asking awkward questions of educational and social inequalities." Valerie Hey, Professor of Education, University of Sussex, UK

"Educational Diversity is a rich interdisciplinary collection showcasing a wide range of theoretical approaches and methodologies ... a very useful read for anyone with an interest in education and social justice because of the way it raises issues and gathers interdisciplinary strands" - Feminist and Women's Studies Association Blog