Grant TypeDissertation Fieldwork Grant
Institutional AffiliationCalifornia, Irvine, U. of
Grant numberGr. 9228
Approve DateApril 8, 2016
Project TitleCarrillo, Luzilda, U. of California, Irvine, CA - To aid research on 'Making Corporate Inclusivity: Discrimination and Expertise in Post-Affirmative Action America,' supervised by Dr. William Maurer
Preliminary abstract: While hiring on the basis of race and gender is mostly illegal, this project examines how diversity experts are increasingly important to American corporations in an Information Technology Era. Thus, this ethnographic project traces diversity experts–business management consultants, scholars, and researchers—networked through the National Diversity Council, as they attempt to bridge their own affective commitments to social justice and employee’s discriminatory experiences with demands for objective and profitable workplace practices. Arising out of this process are new discourses and practices labeled as ‘inclusion management’ that go beyond race and gender to make all employees feel a sense of belonging, which experts claim, is conducive to risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation. Such expert practices suggest that efficient workplaces are increasingly defined by their capacity to adapt to the market. Building on the social construction of knowledge, this research examines the production and dissemination of inclusion management across expert collaboration in business models, workshops, and trainings. It asks: at the intersections of scientific, economic, and affective practices, who is a diverse subject? And what can this reveal about how we negotiate responsibility for discrimination and reproduce capitalism in an innovative, yet post-Affirmative Action, corporate America?