Diversity implies variety. Diversity refers to the differences between people. Visible aspects – such as age, skin colour, gender, disability – and less or non-visible aspects such as cultural and social background, skills and competencies, and style of working. If you can handle diversity, you will be able to handle different kinds of people. The concept of ‘equality’ can be seen as opposite from the concept of ‘diversity’. Dutch society can be characterized as a culture of equality. Due to increasing diversity it is argued this culture of equality will eventually turn out to be unfavourable. A culture of diversity is reasoned to be an inevitable alternative. A first exploration of the characteristics of such a culture and its significance for the work of the social worker is being done at present.
How to Cite:
Verkooijen, L., 2008. Over gelijkheid, diversiteit en de toekomst van het social work – essay. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 17(1), pp.45–51. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/jsi.65