Taking a Postmodern Perspective on Equality at Work: Useful Conception or Useless Misconception?

By Gillian A. Maxwell.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This conceptual paper splices postmodernism and equality at work, largely in a UK context. Following a delineation of a postmodern perspective, it contends that joining a postmodern perspective to work generally and to equality at work more specifically reveals new interpretations of equality and inequality. Commodification, consumerism, oppositional terms and language, multiple realities and rhetoric are all shown to have connections with equality at work. Consequently, key inferences are drawn from taking a postmodern perspective on equality at work and a conclusion is reached on whether this perspective offers a useful conception or useless misconception in scrutiny of equality at work.

Keywords: Postmodern, Equality, Equal Opportunities, Diversity Management

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.165-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 525.093KB).

Gillian A. Maxwell

People Management, Learning and Change, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Gillian Maxwell is a senior lecturer in human resource management in the business school at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. Her research interests encompass a range of strategic human resource issues, most notably equality/ diversity and line managers in HR. Recent/ forthcoming journal publications are in Employee Relations, the International Journal of Human Resource Management and the International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Gillian has also contributed to and co-edited two HR textbooks.


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