Diversity and Difference Research: A Reflection on Categories and Categorization

Annette Risberg, Katharina Pilhofer

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In the paper, we reflect on power aspects of categories, and the implications of using pre-established categories in diversity and difference research. With inspiration from intersectionality we discuss how categories and categorization can contribute to continue patterns of inequality and discrimination. We conclude that understanding how categories are used, defined, or constructed can help in understanding power structures and power relations in organizational practices. Such analysis can advance the understanding of how categorization and categories affect the lives of people working in the organizations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEphemera: Theory & politics in organization
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)131-148
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Categorization
  • Diversity
  • Difference
  • Intersectionality

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