Class and Professionalism

“As has been said in many other contexts, academe’s admissions, hiring, and promotion practices seem to favor people who look different but mostly think alike, largely because they belong to similar class strata. Celebrating diversity involves many arbitrary choices about who is ‘diverse’ and who isn’t, who should be shown deference and who should be shouted down, who should be ‘strongly encouraged to apply’ and who should be called ‘overrepresented.’ In the end, I think too much of the celebration is about making privileged people feel like they care about inequality without having to really change anything.”

William Pannapacker, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 2007.

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