Title: Deconstructing difference: The rhetoric of human resource managers' diversity discourses
Authors: Zanoni, Patrizia ×
Janssens, Maddy #
Issue Date: Jan-2004
Publisher: Sage publications ltd
Series Title: Organization studies vol:25 issue:1 pages:55-74
Abstract: This article analyses texts on diversity produced in 25 interviews with Flemish human resource (HR) managers from a critical discourse analysis and rhetorical perspective. Following critical discourse analysis, we analyse how HR managers define diversity, how their diversity discourses reflect existing managerial practices and underlying power relations, and how they reaffirm or challenge those managerial practices and power relations. Specifically, we examine how power enters HR managers' local discourses of diversity through the very micro-dynamics of language by analysing the rhetorical schemes they use and the grand Discourses they draw from. This critical, text-focused approach to diversity discourses contributes to the development of a non-essentialist reconceptualization of diversity that acknowledges power.
ISSN: 0170-8406
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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