imesh 2013

Diversity

A truly diverse society is one that values differences amongst people, and welcomes individuality and identity as it arises from a culmination of influences from ones culture, religion, ethnicity, political disposition, demographic attributes and innumerable psychological states. Diversity should be seen as an essential ingredient in a thriving socio-eco-system that includes the relationship amongst people, and that between humans and their environment. The management of diversity in society addresses the policies and practices in government, municipal offices and commercial organizations for ensuring that individuals are given fair opportunities irrespective of their individuality and differences. It involves recognizing special traits possessed by individuals and providing ways to encourage their utilization for the sustained benefit of the individual, the organization, the local community, and the whole of society.

We can all appreciate that people are different from one another in many ways. Ones gender, ethnicity, and age are easily apparent; however, other dimensions of diversity are less discernible, though perhaps more influential in determining different attitudes and behaviours. Time spent in different cultures, exposure to more varied social situations, and attitudes towards religion are examples of diversity dimensions that are not visible on the surface and instead require inquiry to establish.  Yet these innate dimensions are in some ways more important determinants of social identity and group formation.  In the context of public policy, management of diversity has often been equated with prevention of discrimination along the lines of gender, race and age, but this practice misses important perspectives on the creation of a balanced and diverse society.  Recent advances in diversity research address the non-observable tacit dimensions of difference, and focus on the dynamic nature of identity as it evolves from a continual interaction with environmental contexts.

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Political and economic determinants of a sustainable and diverse society
  • Policies for wider participation and inclusion
  • Social relationships and professional networks across cultural and demographic boundaries
  • Non-demographic diversity dimensions (social status, education, ideologies, etc.)
  • Personality, psychological, emotional and intellectual determinants of similarity and difference
  • Biodiversity and environmental impact of corporate policies and practices
  • Citizenship, migration, mobility and community stability
  • Access to housing, education and employment across cultures and groups
  • Economic and societal contributions of migrants and minority cultures
  • Role of migrants in community affairs
  • Opportunities and hindrances for under-represented communities
  • Heritage, history, traditions and culture in a modernising nation
  • Integration and assimilation of alternative cultures
  • Group identity and inter-group relationships
  • Inter-generational transfer of culture and identity
  • The dynamic nature of identity in a multiplicity of contexts
  • Construction and redefinition of identities and inter-identity empathy and communication
  • Diverse communities and the challenge of reconciling conflicting identities
  • Team formation, conflict and performance related to diversity composition
  • Multicultural teams in the workplace
  • Individual culture and organizational expectations
  • International collaborations across demographic and cultural boundaries
  • Organizational attitudes and policies on diversity
  • Role of the organization in defining expectations and attitudes on in/out-group relationships
  • Mediating and moderating factors in peer level attitudes towards diversity
  • The role of religion in individual, organizational and governmental decision-making
  • Hierarchical relationships in the workplace across divisions
  • Recruitment and promotion policies promoting gender, age and ethnicity equality.
  • Cross-cultural determinants of work-life balance
  • Relationships between foreign and native workers
  • Cohesion in multicultural communities

 

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3 thoughts on “Diversity

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  2. I am a forester. I am interested to participate and contribute on “Biodiversity and environmental impacts…..”

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