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Anthropology of Migration and Multiculturalism

New Directions, 1st Edition

Edited by Steven Vertovec


224 pages

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The field of anthropology of migration and multiculturalism is booming. Throughout its hundred-odd year history, studies of migration and diverse or ‘plural’ societies have arguably been both marginal and central to the discipline of Anthropology. However, recent years have witnessed the rapid growth of anthropological studies concerning these topics. This has particularly been the case since the 1970s, when anthropologists developed a keen interest in the subject of ethnicity, especially in post-migration communities. Since the 1990s, migrant transnationalism has become one of the most fashionable topics. There is still much to do in research and theory surrounding this field, not least with regard to contemporary public debates around multiculturalism, immigration and ‘integration’ policy.

This book presents essays pointing toward a number of possible new directions – both theoretical and methodological – for anthropological inquiry into migration and multiculturalism, including innovative ways of examining diversity discourses, urban conditions, social complexities, scales of analysis, transnational marriages, entangled politics and interwoven cultures.

This book was published as a special issue of the Ethnic and Racial Studies.


All contributors are experts on migration, globalisation, multiculturalism, transnationalism or ethnic studies and among them one finds some of the best scholars in the field […] Vertovec’s own work and excellent choice of co-authors paves a path ‘forward’ in the respective field - Kristina Toplak, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: New directions in the anthropology of migration and multiculturalism Steven Vertovec 2. An excess of alterity? Debating difference in a multicultural society Ralph Grillo 3. How exceptional is New York? Migration and multiculturalism in the empire city Nancy Foner 4. Super-diversity and its implications Steven Vertovec 5. Complexity in social and cultural integration: Some analytical dimensions Thomas Hylland Eriksen 6. Rescaling cities, cultural diversity and transnationalism: Migrants of Mardin and Essen Ayse Caglar 7. The two faces of transnational citizenship Michael Peter Smith 8. Risk, trust, gender and transnational cousin marriage among British Pakistanis Katharine Charsley 9. Migration, assimilation and the cultural construction of identity: Navajo perspectives Louise Lamphere

About the Editor

Steven Vertovec is Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany.

About the Series

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General