For Dante Ramos of Boston Globe, it is not necessary that the reader share Tissot's politics all the way in order for them to agree with this:
Under almost any rules for civic engagement, people with resources and connections can steer the process to their own advantage. Even liberal values can disguise a form of control.Diversity-seeking upper middle-class groups attempt to strike the right balance and this means limiting certain groups of people. Tissot says, "The most visible presence of minority working-class culture has to disappear."
But Tissot isn't all criticism and no resolution. In an edited interview published in Next City, Tissot shares one of her suggestions:
"I think governments, foundations and other organizations should try to include all local associations — even the local associations who have more critical claims [than the ones I profiled] and those who don't explicitly list their goals with the rhetoric of diversity, which is a very specific rhetoric."
Interviewer Alexis Stephens concludes:
Her work is a fascinating analysis of exclusion, lack of self-awareness and conflicting values.Visit Boston Globe and Next City to read the full articles