Social Cohesion and Immigration in Europe and North America: Mechanisms, Conditions, and Causality, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Social Cohesion and Immigration in Europe and North America

Mechanisms, Conditions, and Causality, 1st Edition

Edited by Ruud Koopmans, Bram Lancee, Merlin Schaeffer


234 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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Concerns about immigration and the rising visibility of minorities have triggered a lively scholarly debate on the consequences of ethnic diversity for trust, cooperation, and other aspects of social cohesion. In this accessibly written volume, leading scholars explore where, when, and why ethnic diversity affects social cohesion by way of analyses covering the major European immigration countries, as well as the United States and Canada. They explore the merits of competing theoretical accounts and give rare insights into the underlying mechanisms through which diversity affects social cohesion. The volume offers a nuanced picture of the topic by explicitly exploring the conditions under which ethnic diversity affects the ‘glue’ that holds societies together. With its interdisciplinary perspective and contributions by sociologists, political scientists, social psychologists, as well as economists, the book offers the most comprehensive analysis of the link between ethnic diversity and social cohesion that is currently available.


"This book is an excellent resource providing practical everyday activities for the early years practitioner, in nurseries, pre-schools and schools, within a clear structure linked to the EYFS framework and guidance." – John Perry, Nasen Special magazine

Table of Contents

1. Ethnic Diversity in Diverse Societies: An introduction Ruud Koopmans, Bram Lancee, & Merlin Schaeffer Part I: The Causal Nature of Diversity Effects 2.Diversity and Well-Being: Local effects and causal approaches Camille Hémet 3. Moving to Diversity: Residential mobility, changes in ethnic diversity, and concerns about immigration Bram Lancee & Merlin Schaeffer 4. Declining Trust Amidst Diversity? A Natural Experiment in Lewiston, Maine Abigail Fisher Williamson Part II: The Moderating Role of Interethnic Contacts, Identities, and Policies 5.Diversity, Segregation, and Trust Eric M. Uslaner 6. The Consequences Of Ethnic Diversity: Advancing the debate Dietlind Stolle & Allisson Harell 7. Ethnic Heterogeneity, Ethnic and National Identity, and Social Cohesion in England Dingeman Wiertz, Matthew R. Bennett, & Meenakshi Parameshwaran 8. Diversity, Trust, and Intergroup Attitudes: Underlying processes and mechanisms Katharina Schmid, Miles Hewstone, & Ananthi Al Ramiah Part III: Ethnic Diversity in Schools 9. Thinking About Ethnic Diversity: Experimental evidence on the causal role of ethnic diversity in german neighborhoods and schools Susanne Veit 10. Ethnic Diversity, Homophily, and Network Cohesion in European Classrooms Frank Kalter & Hanno Kruse 11. Diversity and Intergroup Contact in Schools Miles Hewstone, Christina Floe, Ananthi Al Ramiah, Katharina Schmid, Esther Son, Ralf Wölfer, & Simon Lolliot

About the Editors

Ruud Koopmans in Professor of Sociology at Humboldt University and Director of the Research Unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization at the Berlin Social Science Center, Germany.

Bram Lancee is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Merlin Schaeffer is a Research Fellow in the Research Unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization at the Berlin Social Science Center, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General