1st Edition

Super-Diversity in Everyday Life

Edited By Jan Willem Duyvendak, Nancy Foner, Philip Kasinitz Copyright 2020
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    154 Pages
    by Routledge

    Presenting several in-depth studies, this book explores how super-diversity operates in every-day relations and interactions in a variety of urban settings in Western Europe and the United States.

    The contributors raise a broad range of questions about the nature and effects of super-diversity. They ask if a quantitative increase in demographic diversity makes a qualitative difference in how diversity is experienced in urban neighborhoods, and what are the consequences of demographic change when people from a wide range of countries and social backgrounds live together in urban neighborhoods. The question at the core of the book is to what extent, and in what contexts, super-diversity leads to either the normalization of diversity or to added hostility towards and amongst those in different ethnic, racial, and religious groups. In cases where there is no particular ethno-racial or religious majority, are certain long-established groups able to continue to exert economic and political power, and is this continued economic and political dominance actually often facilitated by super-diversity?

    With contributions from a number of European countries as well as the USA, this book will be of interest to researchers studying contemporary migration and ethnic diversity. It will also spark discussion amongst those focusing on multiculturalism in urban environments. This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    Introduction: super-diversity in everyday life

    Nancy Foner, Jan Willem Duyvendak and Philip Kasinitz

    1. Pioneer migrants and their social relations in super-diverse London

    Susanne Wessendorf

    2. Coming of age in multi-ethnic America: young adults’ experiences with diversity

    Van C. Tran

    3. Super-diversity as a methodological lens: re-centring power and inequality

    Sofya Aptekar

    4. A discourse of displacement: super-diversity, urban citizenship, and the politics of autochthony in Amsterdam

    Paul Mepschen

    5. "We have to teach them diversity": on demographic transformations and lived reality in an Amsterdam working-class neighbourhood

    Fenneke Wekker

    6. What about the mainstream? Assimilation in super-diverse times

    Richard Alba and Jan Willem Duyvendak

    7. Talking around super-diversity

    Steven Vertovec


    Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and the director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.

    Philip Kasinitz is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA.