The Role that Diversity Plays in Social Regeneration

Dr Su Maddock
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There are lessons to be learnt from the role that diverse communities and women play in economic revival in cities in organizing and in leadership. Throughout the world, those most active at the local level are women with less status, power and smaller budgets. New Labour in the UK, while committed to diversity is failing to grasp the impact that institutions and technical procedures have on not just on the disadvantaged and social regeneration but also on modernisation and social success. Policy-making in the UK continues to be dominated by white, middle-aged men who are educated within a closed system paradigm and who are reluctant to let go of this. Equalities policies tend to continue to focus on marginal groups and ignore the impact that male gender cultures have on decision-making, priorities and practice. The combination of these forces not only has an impact on internal change and the trajectory of modernisation but only on foreign policy and attitudes to development practices. The paper proposes that arguing for greater access for women is essential but sufficient to drive equality or the spirit of diversity — there is also a need to emphasise the role that women and others can play in broadening agendas and in transforming managerial and political practices.

Keywords: Gender Cultures, Diversity, Social Regeneration, Government Change Strategies Modernisation
Stream: Politics of Diversity, Gender and Sexuality, Organisations
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Su Maddock

Director of the Change Centre MBS, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Su Maddock, a psychologist by training, she has worked at the grass-roots level, in management and in policy. She has been involved in diversity for many years and published 'The NW Business Case for Diversity' to stimulate public debate on the links between diversity, transformation and social change. Her book entitled Challenging Women: Gender, Culture and Innovation (Sage; 1999) relates transformation to gender cultures and to the role innovative women play in the modernisation process. She has been an equity advisor in health, director of a social enterprise agency and change consultant and researcher for government and local public bodies.

Ref: D05P0174