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Harnessing social diversity in the British Armed Forces: the limitations of ‘management’ approaches

Basham, Victoria 2011. Harnessing social diversity in the British Armed Forces: the limitations of ‘management’ approaches. In: Leuprecht, Christian ed. Defending Democracy and Securing Diversity, Routledge, pp. 69-87.

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Abstract

This article explores how the British Ministry of Defence's aim to accommodate and harness a demographically diverse workforce is undermined by the ways it seeks to manage this change. By focussing on policy discourses identified as the ‘diversity blind’ and the ‘management imperative’ approaches, and on insights from research with British military personnel, the article demonstrates how policy discourses can expose individuals to harassment and undermine the military’s social legitimacy. It is only by examining what it is that the military is trying to protect – its white, heterosexual masculine identity – that it becomes clear how status quo power relations remain intact.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415576499
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:05
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90325

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