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Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Steven Vertovec


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In recent years the concept of ‘diversity’ has gained a leading place in academic thought, business practice and public policy worldwide. Although variously used, ‘diversity’ tends to refer to patterns of social difference in terms of certain key categories. Today the foremost categories shaping discourses and policies of diversity include race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexuality and age; further important notions include class, language, locality, lifestyle and legal status. The Routledge Handbook of Diversity Studies will examine a range of such concepts along with historical and contemporary cases concerning social and political dynamics surrounding them. With contributions by experts spanning Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History and Geography, the Handbook will be a key resource for students, social scientists and professionals. It will represent a landmark volume within a field that has become, and will continue to be, one of the most significant global topics of concern throughout the twenty-first century.


"Fittingly and somewhat ironically, this book helps delimit and define what diversity studies means for the 21st century. Through inputs from a wide range of scholars on a broad range of themes, the text at once introduces topics and synthesises what might otherwise remain disparate areas of inquiry. While Diversity Studies may never supplant disciplines, this text is invaluable in revealing the complexity of our world and providing tools for how we might understand it." - Loren B. Landau, South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

"Contemporary societies are preoccupied by the challenges of living with diversity, whether it be in terms of race, ethnicity, sexuality or other differences. This volume provides a comprehensive and at the same time engaging discussion of the whole field of diversity studies. Each chapter is concise, to the point and full of ideas that will be of interest to academic and general readers alike. It is a real must for all those who want to understand the complexities of how we live with difference and diversity in our ever changing globalised environment" - Professor John Solomos, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

"The editor and contributors to this handbook have effected an unlikely triumph -- turning a vague journalistic, official and corporate description ('diversity') into a serious social scientific concept". - Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford

"In one compendium, the Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies brings together a wide array of definitions, dimensions and discourses that have contributed to shaping the emerging field of diversity studies. Not only does this collection help us revisit perennial questions about ethnicity, gender, class and multiple modes of social classification, it equips us with a set of new lenses to view the messy realities of contemporary social life, not through predefined categories but through an openness to the simultaneous, intersecting and inter-scalar co-presence of "difference" and "sameness" in constant motion." - Brenda Yeoh, National University of Singapore

"Diversity is a hot topic; therefore, this tome is very timely. It is packed full of information pertaining to diversity and includes essays on ageism, disabilities, sexual diversity, xenophobia and law, just to name a few… This book is very worthwhile because of the plethora of information it contains. The contributors are academics from a variety of fields including anthropology, gender studies, history, sociology, law, and many other disciplines. The book need not be read from cover to cover; instead, it is an invaluable tool for research and teaching. It is rewarding to see the variety of disciplines of the authors, who discuss diversity from their unique points of view. They help readers understand the rich aspects and histories of different looks, religions, backgrounds, genders, sex, etc., as well as supplying information for further research, with comprehensive references following each essay. Summing Up: Essential" - S. J. Zuber-Chall, formerly, Emporia State University

Table of Contents

Introduction Steven Vertovec Part I: Dimensions of Diversity 1. Gender – a Central Dimension of Diversity Andrea D. Bührmann 2. Age, Ageism and Social Identity in Later Years John Vincent 3. Disability and Diversity Carol Thomas 4. Thinking about Race in an Age of Diversity Katharina Schramm 5. Racing Diversity: Ethnicity, euphemisms and ‘others’ Ruth Mandel 6. Analysing Status Diversity: Immigration, asylum, and stratified rights Lydia Morris 7. Sexual Diversity Momin Rahman 8. Language: The great diversifier Jan Blommaert 9. Religious Differentiation and Diversity in Discourse and Practice Kim Knott 10. The Diversity of Milieu in Diversity Studies Dariuš Zifonun 11. Caste in India: Constructs and currents Surinder S. Jodhka Part II: Historical Geographies of Diversity 12. Diversity and the Roman Empire Peter Heather 13. Diversity and the Nature of the Ottoman Empire: From the construction of the imperial old regime to the challenges of modernity Nora Lafi 14. Race and Labour, Forced and Free, in the Formation and Evolution of Caribbean Social Structures Colin Clarke 15. Silent Minority: Celebrated difference, caste difference, and the Hinduization of independent India Rupa Viswanath 16. ‘Reimagining’ the Balkans Diversity beyond and ‘Straight through’ the Ethno-national Jelena Tosic 17. European Fascism and its Aftermath Keith Lowe 18. Diversity, Xenophobia and the Limits to the Post-Apartheid State Alex Wafer 19. Situating Diversity in the Global City: Emerging challenges and possibilities in Singapore Junjia Ye 20. Racial Boundaries and Persistent Inequality: The case of African Americans Jessica S. Welburn 21. The Question of Sectarianism in Middle East Politics Sami Zubaida Part III: Policies and Politics of Diversity 22. Governing Diversity Brendan O’Leary 23. Equality for Whom? Sarah Spencer 24. Fundamental Rights and Minorities Kristin Henrard 25. When Law Meets Diversity: Implications for women’s equal citizenship Ayelet Shachar 26. Diversity and Social Welfare: To restrict or include? Jenny Phillimore27.Diversity Management John Wrench Part IV: Encounters and Diversity 28. Diversity Unpacked: From heterogeneities to inequalities Thomas Faist 29. Discrimination, Diversity and Work Vincent J. Roscigno and Jill E. Yavorsky 30. Contact and Prejudice Ben Fell and Miles Hewstone 31. Diversity and Social Cohesion Allison Harell and Dietlind Stolle 32. Diversity in US and British Higher Education Natasha Warikoo 33. Xenophobia: The role of political articulation Jens Rydgren 34. Conviviality: (Re)negotiating minimal consensus Tilmann Heil 35. Locality and Diversity: The city as arena of ethnic expression and accommodation William Safran 36. Segregation, Mixing and Encounter, Deborah Phillips Part V: Fusions of Diversity37. Assimilation, Diversity, and Change Nancy Foner 38. From Creolization to Syncretism: Climbing the ritual ladder Charles Stewart 39. Intersectionality: Assembling and disassembling the roads Helma Lutz 40. Cultural Complexity Thomas Hylland Eriksen 41. Critical Diversity Literacy: Essentials for the 21st Century Melissa Steyn

About the Editor

Steven Vertovec is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany. He is Co-Editor of the journal Global Networks, author of four books including Transnationalism (Routledge, 2008) and Super-Diversity (Routledge, forthcoming), and editor or co-editor of over thirty volumes including Conceiving Cosmopolitanism (Oxford University Press, 2003), Migration (five volumes, Routledge 2010), and The Multicultural Backlash (Routledge 2010).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion