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Two Roads Diverge in a Wood: Indifference to the Difference Between ‘Diversity’ and ‘Heterogeneity’ Should Be Resisted on Epistemic and Moral Grounds

Shavit, Ayelet and Kolumbus, Anat and Ellison, Aaron M. (2016) Two Roads Diverge in a Wood: Indifference to the Difference Between ‘Diversity’ and ‘Heterogeneity’ Should Be Resisted on Epistemic and Moral Grounds. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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We argue that a conceptual tension exists between “diversity” and “heterogeneity” and that glossing over their differences has practical, moral, and epistemic costs. We examine how these terms are used in ecology and the social sciences; articulate a deeper linguistic intuition; and test it with the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). The results reveal that ‘diversity’ and ‘heterogeneity’ have conflicting rather than interchangeable meanings: heterogeneity implies a collective entity that interactively integrates different entities, whereas diversity implies divergence, not integration. Consequently, striving for diversity alone may increase social injustice and reduce epistemic outcomes of academic institutions and governance structures.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Shavit, Ayeletashavit@telhai.ac.il
Kolumbus, Anatanatush999@gmail.com
Ellison, Aaron M.aellison@fas.harvard.edu0000-0003-4151-6081
Keywords: collectivity, diversity, ecology, heterogeneity, injustice, institutional diversity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Ayelet Shavit
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 14:31
Item ID: 12432
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12432

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