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Scattered Speculations on Business and Cultural Diversity

  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
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Abstract

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak claims that while hiring cultural diversity is an improvement in comparison to all white male businesses, diversity policies applied in both the context of global capitalism and in particular of societies claiming to adhere to democratic principles need to be amended by more reflective notions of difference and by a consistent focus on those “who cannot be the subject or object of cultural pluralism, cultural diversity.” She insists that to become an advocate of social justice and “good globalization” we have to comprehend cultural diversity as going beyond mere identity politics. Spivak thus argues for a mind-set change—with the relevant question being: “how to construct oneself (as Knower) and the world (as known) in order to participate in the possibility of democracy.”

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  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
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  1. 1.Office of the University ProfessorColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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