Cover

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Title Page/Copyright/Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

One year ago, I finished writing an earlier version of this book and started looking for a press with whom to publish it. One editor told me, “OK, you have two minutes to explain what’s new and different about your book. Go!” Another editor offered her guidance: “You need to pay more attention to the issue of marketability. ...

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1. Introduction: The Co-optation of Diversity

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pp. 1-26

Everybody wants diversity. Progressive activists know that diversity is the lifeblood of struggles for democracy and justice, and that making room for difference is the foundation of social change. Business leaders know that embracing race and gender diversity “makes sense”—it’s good for a corporation’s public image, ...

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2. The Mainstreaming of Intersectionality: Doing Identity Politics in a Diversity Culture

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pp. 27-49

A song by Le Tigre, a popular feminist techno-punk band based in New York, is titled, “They Want Us to Make a Symphony out of the Sound of Women Swallowing Their Tongues.” It begins with a gentle male voice asking a young woman what possible obstacles women still face after so many gains have been made by the feminist movement. ...

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3. Getting Skilled in Queer Diversity: Christopher Street West

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pp. 50-75

The ability to understand, manage, and speak about diversity has become a highly marketable skill—or, to use French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu’s term, a new form of “cultural capital”—in the U.S. workplace. Corporations, universities, and government organizations have paid billions of dollars to diversity trainers ...

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4. Celebrating Queer Diversity: The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

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pp. 76-103

As Keith Boykin’s quote suggests above, queer activists aren’t simply interested in diversity; rather, diversity is often the very centerpiece of queer political discourse. In part, the focus on diversity in queer politics is the result of long and hard-fought struggles for inclusion and visibility waged by working-class queers, ...

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5. Funding Queer Diversity: Bienestar

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pp. 104-131

As I have illustrated in the last two chapters, even activist uses of diversity often reinforce the line between what is normative and what is “other.” Yet I have also tried to highlight the productive effects of diversity culture on queer activism, such as the increasing number of queer programs that address the devastating material conditions of being “othered” ...

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6. Defying “Diversity as Usual”: Queering Intersectionality

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pp. 132-150

As noted in the preceding chapters, scholars of neoliberalism have demonstrated that promoting racial, gender, and sexual diversity is no longer inconsistent with the political-economic aspirations of corporations and the state. In fact, emphasizing diversity has, in many cases, been reframed as a necessary path to corporate profits. ...

Notes

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pp. 151-164

Bibliography

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pp. 165-174

Index

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pp. 175-178