The concept of ‘super-diversity’ has received considerable attention since it was introduced in Ethnic and Racial Studies in 2007, reflecting a broadening interest in finding new ways to talk about contemporary social complexity. This book brings together a collection of essays which empirically and theoretically examine super-diversity and the multi-dimensional shifts in migration patterns to which the notion refers. These shifts entail a worldwide diversification of migration channels, differentiations of legal statuses, diverging patterns of gender and age, and variance in migrants’ human capital. Across the contributions, super-diversity is subject to two modes of comparison: (a) side-by-side studies contrasting different places and emergent conditions of super-diversity; and (b) juxtaposed arguments that have differentially found use in utilizing or criticizing ‘super-diversity’ descriptively, methodologically or with reference to policy and public practice. The contributions discuss super-diversity and its implications in nine cities located in eight countries and four continents.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
1. Comparing super-diversity Fran Meissner and Steven Vertovec
2. Migration in migration-related diversity? The nexus between superdiversity and migration studies Fran Meissner
3. Delivering maternity services in an era of super-diversity: the challenges of novelty and newness Jenny Phillimore
4. Not all the same after all? Superdiversity as a lens for the study of past migrations Jozefien De Bock
5. Spatializing diversities, diversifying spaces: housing experiences and home space perceptions in a migrant hub of Istanbul Kristen Sarah Biehl
6. (Super)diversity and the migration-social work nexus: a new lens on the field of access and inclusion? Paolo Boccagni
7. Superdiversity and conviviality: exploring frameworks for doing ethnography in Southern European intercultural cities Beatriz Padilla, Joana Azevedo and Antonia Olmos-Alcaraz
8. Mexico through a superdiversity lens: already-existing diversity meets new immigration Raúl Acosta-García and Esperanza Martínez-Ortiz
9. New diversity, old anxieties in New Zealand: the complex identity politics and engagement of a settler society Paul Spoonley