Power failure

The short life and premature death of critical “diversity” research

Authored by: Roy Jacques

The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  August  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415501880
eBook ISBN: 9781315889818
Adobe ISBN: 9781134511235


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Critical signifiers have a short shelf life. French Impressionist paintings that once constituted a radical critique of perception are now sold as wallpaper. Viva Guevara: Che Guevara lives – as a T-shirt icon, $21.95 plus shipping. The complex contributions of a half-century of Continental critical theorizing are today being methodologically lobotomized into mere narrative analysis pretentiously rechristened “discourse analysis” (cf. Grant, Hardy, Oswick & Putnam, 2004; Fairclough, 1995). With Procrustean dependability, genuine radicals are systematically replaced by “tempered radicals” (Meyerson, 2001), upholding the status quo from their positions of privilege while providing just enough faux challenge to the powers that be to drive out any substantive one.

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