Thursday, December 2, 2010

The downside of diversity

The downside of diversity - The Boston Globe. From 2007, but I missed it the first time around. It's still fascinating. Its big failure: no mention of class or wealth to put "diverse neighborhoods" in perspective. 'Cause if these are richer neighborhoods, it's no surprise that the results are what they are: rich people are statistically more self-obsessed and less generous. Or if they're poorer neighborhoods, it makes sense, too: People may be too busy scrambling to survive.

The problem with talking about "diversity" is it's meaningless without an acknowledgment of the c-word.


  1. It's pretty pointless to make a judgement about a scholarly paper based on a newspaper article. The paper is freely available:

  2. Just finished a once-over of the article. It is deep and subtle.

    Fun quote for Will:

    "Economic inequality is very important, but it does not appear to cause, amplify or obscure the apparent effects of ethnic diversity on social capital."