Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work
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Handbook of Research Methods in Diversity Management, Equality and Inclusion at Work

Edited by Lize A.E. Booysen, Regine Bendl and Judith K. Pringle

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) have become features of organizations as a result of both legal and societal advances, as well as neoliberal economic reasoning and considerations. Current research approaches frequently fall short of addressing the challenges faced in EDI research, and this benchmark Handbook brings up to date coverage of research methods in EDI, and advances the development of research in the field.
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Chapter 5: Queered methodologies for equality, diversity and inclusion researchers

Nick Rumens

Abstract

This chapter explores how research methodologies and methods may be queered. Specifically, the chapter examines how equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) scholars can queer methodological practice to support the aim of generating research on how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) sexualities can be lived queerly in the workplace. The concepts of ‘queer methodology’ and ‘queering methodology’ are outlined, with emphasis placed on the latter for helping EDI researchers to enact the epistemological commitments articulated within queer theory. To illustrate, this chapter discusses how these are embodied in the author’s research on gay men’s friendships and in collaborative research on developing ‘anti-narrative’ interviewing. This interview technique is read as one way of engaging queer theory within methodological practice, drawing on Judith Butler’s work on performativity as a conceptual resource.

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