Imperial Diversity

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Publication Date

Fall 9-10-2019

Publication Title

Areo Magazine


Sociology & Anthropology


The concepts of diversity and inclusion have great cultural power in American society right now. Among their proponents, however, there is a failure to recognize these concepts as part of a paradigm indelibly intertwined with American culture and history. While many academics have been longstanding critics of American imperialism, both past and present, many contemporary anthropologists fail to recognize the imperial footprint of the ideas and values that course through that paradigm’s uniquely Americanist premises. This essay examines the historical source of this diversity paradigm and seeks to describe its imperialist practices, specifically through an analysis of the export of the social prism that distills these premises to the wealthy Arab state of Qatar and the narratives woven into its new slavery museum.