The role of regulatory and temporal context in the construction of diversity discourses: the case of the UK, France and Germany

Tatli, Ahu, Vassilopoulou, Joana, Ariss, Akram Al and Özbilgin, Mustafa (2012) The role of regulatory and temporal context in the construction of diversity discourses: the case of the UK, France and Germany. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 18 (4). pp. 293-308. ISSN 1461-7129

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Abstract

Despite growing interest in how the concept of diversity management is reinterpreted as it crosses national boundaries, there has been little study of this process in Europe. To bridge this knowledge gap, this article explores the construction of diversity discourses in the context of the UK, France and Germany. We use the discursive politics approach to investigate the ways in which the meaning of diversity is shrunk, bent and stretched. We demonstrate that the concept of diversity has no universal fixed meaning but is contextual, contested and temporal. Temporarily fixed definitions and frames of diversity are path-dependent and shaped by the regulatory context. Thus unique national histories and the context of regulation are key determinants of the ways in which the concept is redefined as it crosses national and regional borders.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: LEADGroup
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Joana Vassilopoulou
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 14:45
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2013 15:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42255
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