Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Joshi on The Trouble with Inclusion

YuvrajjoshiYuvraj Joshi has brought to my attention his article recently published in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law (Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014) entitled: The Trouble with Inclusion.

Here is the abstract:

Attempts are being made to include members of excluded groups in societal institutions. Inclusion has been proposed as the solution to the injustice caused by exclusion. Yet, inclusion does not always achieve justice and might sometimes perpetuate injustice. This Article provides a framework for understanding inclusion that may fail to achieve social justice and uses this framework to assess the inclusion of lesbians and gays within marriage (marriage equality) and of women and minorities within organizations (organizational diversity). The former case study examines the legal and social movement for recognizing same-sex marriage while the latter engages a range of contemporary debates, including workplace diversity, gays in the military, women in armed combat and gender mainstreaming at the UN.  Each shows that inclusion is less likely to achieve social justice where it misconstrues injustice, maintains the status quo, decouples from justice, legitimizes the institution or rationalizes injustice.

Have not had the chance to read this piece, but it appears to challenge many conventional assumptions about inclusion in the workplace and other settings and should be a thought-provoking read.



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Thank you for bringing this article to my attention. It does sound like a very thought provoking read. I'm especially intrigued but the claim that inclusion can perpetuate injustice. I look forward to reading it.

Posted by: Steven Walsh | Jan 28, 2014 9:52:07 PM

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