La diversité : sans droit ni obligation
We contrast the stability of legal and political definitions of equality, with a particular emphasis on gender equality, and on the “newspeak” of political and economic debates about diversity. The article examines the role of diversity in the legal and political fields in order to unpack fascination with diversity. We add nuance to the hypothesis that the concept of diversity is leading to the replacement of legal categories with managerial norms. We posit that this embodies a conceptual melting pot, riddled with internal contradictions. Hence, in the first section entitled “diversity without obligation”, we analyze the emergence of diversity as an alternative to gender discrimination hard law. In the second section entitled “diversity without rights”, we examine the debates concerning the terms and usage of norms surrounding equality and non-discrimination. JEL classification codes: J71, J78, J88, K20, K42, L25, L50.
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