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Place, Diversity and Solidarity

1st Edition

Edited by Stijn Oosterlynck, Nick Schuermans, Maarten Loopmans


224 pages

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In many countries, particularly in the Global North, established forms of solidarity within communities are said to be challenged by the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity of the population. Against the backdrop of renewed geopolitical tensions – which inflate and exploit ethno-cultural, rather than political-economic cleavages – concerns are raised that ethnic and cultural diversity challenge both the formal mechanisms of redistribution and informal acts of charity, reciprocity and support which underpin common notions of community.

This book focuses on the innovative forms of solidarity that develop around the joint appropriation and the envisaged common future of specific places. Drawing on examples from schools, streets, community centres, workplaces, churches, housing projects and sporting projects, it provides an alternative research agenda from the 'loss of community' narrative. It reflects on the different spatiotemporal frames in which solidarities are nurtured, the connections forged between solidarity and citizenship, and the role of interventions by professionals to nurture solidarity in diversity.

This timely and original work will be essential reading for those working in human geography, sociology, ethnic studies, social work, urban studies, political studies and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Beyond social capital: place, diversity and solidarity

Stijn Oosterlynck, Nick Schuermans & Maarten Loopmans


2. Mundane mutualities: Solidarity and strangership in everyday urban life

Mervyn Horgan


3. Learning to cope with superdiversity: place-based solidarities at a (pre-)primary Catholic school in Leuven, Belgium

Nick Schuermans & Pascal Debruyne


4. Building Coalitions: Solidarities, friendships, and tackling inequality

Helen F. Wilson


5. Self-building in northern Italy: Housing and place-based solidarities among strangers

Michela Semprebon & Martina Valsesia


6. Challenging the figure of the ‘migrant entrepreneur’. Place-based solidarities in the Romanian arrival infrastructure in Brussels.

Bruno Meeus


7. The spatial solidarity of intentional neighbouring

Andy Walter, Katherine Hankins & Samuel Nowak


8. Football for solidarity: Bridging gaps between the Baka and the Bantu in East Cameroon

Harrison Esam Awuh & Floor Elisabeth Spijkers


9. Domesticating, festivalising and contesting space: Spatial acts of citizenship in a super-diverse neighbourhood in Amsterdam

Mandy de Wilde

10. Afterword: Solidarities, conjunctures, encounters

David Featherstone

About the Editors

Stijn Oosterlynck is Associate Professor in Urban Sociology at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Nick Schuermans is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre on Inequalities, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City of the University of Antwerp and a teaching associate at the geography department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Maarten Loopmans isAssociate Professor at the Division of Geography at KU Leuven, Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography