Celebrating diversity! Umm? And why the question – "Kei hea te putea?" Is more important than ever. Posted on April 6, 2018 by RSW Collective
Citation:Kenkel, D J. (2018). Celebrating Diversity! Umm? And Why the Question – Kei Hea Te Putea? Is More Important Than Ever. Posted on April 6, 2018 by RSW Collective. Re-imaging Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand: Re-imaging Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand. http://www.reimaginingsocialwork.nz/2018/04/celebrating-diversity-umm-and-why-the-question-kei-hea-te-putea-is-more-important-than-ever/#comment-31166.
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Fraser and Honneth (2003) suggest that one useful way to slice up politics is to distinguish between the politics of recognition and the politics of redistribution. You could also talk about identity politics (Gergen, 1995) versus the politics of class. Whatever it is named, this type of political critique looks at the difference between the social struggles of diverse groups for recognition and fair treatment versus the basic question of how a society allocates resources. Arguably, during the rise of neoliberalism the politics of recognition has played a more centre-stage role. Distribution is portrayed as a question better answered by the marketplace than political will or the desires of an electorate [...] We need to continue to hold our politicians to account as we wait for the inevitable global sea-change that brings the decline of neoliberalism’s authority over our economies and societies. It is critical that we forcefully take our politicians back, and back again, to the table of redistribution and vital that the social work profession is not diverted by celebrations of diversity from recognising the immiserating effects of inequities of distribution in our societies.