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Author Dalal, Farhad.
Title Thought paralysis : the virtues of discrimination / Farhad Dalal.
Imprint London : Karnac Books, 2012.

Author Dalal, Farhad.
Series Exploring psycho-social studies series
Explorations in psycho-social studies series.
Subject Discrimination -- Psychological aspects.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 260 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: thought paralysis -- 2. The struggle to live and let live: the liberal world view -- 3. Equal strokes for different folks: the legislature -- 4. Manufacturing kinds of people: processes of inclusion and exclusion -- 5. The human condition: psychology -- 6. Counting discriminations -- 7. Corrupting the liberal ideal: diversity in organizational life -- 8. Perverting the liberal ideal: fear and control in the Panopticon -- 9. The difference that dare not speak its name: the lexicon police -- 10. The vicissitudes of discrimination -- 11. Islam: the new black -- 12. Tolerating discrimination: discriminatory tolerance -- 13. The road to nowhere: conceptual cul-de-sacs.
Summary "Given the enormous struggles, efforts and money expended on the equalities enterprise, why has more progress not been made? And further, why have things actually become worse in some circumstances? It is argued this has occurred because:- The values of Equality have been bureaucratized, allowing the liberal principle of "live and let live" to be perverted and put in the service of fear and control.- The Diversity discourse has been hijacked by the libertarians and put in the service of increasing profit, under the guise of liberty and inclusivity.- The equality movements have become apolitical, sidetracked into the project of the indiscriminate celebration and preservation of cultures, in lieu of challenging the status quo within cultures as much as between them.- The versions of psychology and sociology that the equality movements have drawn on are over simple.- The attempts to do away with judgementalism and unfair discrimination have ended up vilifying the capacities for judgment and discrimination per se. The book walks the thin line between the apologists who deify "difference" and the zealots and bigots who vilify the different, to argue that to create a fairer world, we need to enhance our capacities for discrimination, not stifle them. Although the work is focussed around equality, it has bigger things to say about the human condition and organizational life in general"--EBL.
Note English.
ISBN 9781849409391 (electronic bk.)
1849409390 (electronic bk.)
9781849409391 (e-book)
9780429922985 (e-book)
OCLC # 769189800
Additional Format 0-367-10112-2

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