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Youth in Superdiverse Societies
Growing up with globalization, diversity, and acculturation

ISBN 9781138488397
Published November 20, 2019 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

Youth in Superdiverse Societies brings together theoretical, methodological and international approaches to the study of globalization, diversity, and acculturation in adolescence. It examines vital issues including migration, integration, cultural identities, ethnic minorities, and the interplay of ethnic and cultural diversity with experiences of growing up as an adolescent. This important volume focuses on understanding the experiences and consequences of multicultural societies and offers valuable new insights in the field of intergroup relations and the complexity of growingly heterogeneous societies.

The book comprises four sections. The first includes fresh theoretical perspectives for studying youth development in multicultural societies, exploring topics such as superdiversity, globalization, bicultural identity development, polyculturalism, the interplay of acculturation and development, as well as developmental-ecological approaches. The second section highlights innovative methods in studying multicultural societies. It contains innovative dynamic concepts (e.g., experience-based sampling), methods for studying the nested structure of acculturative contexts, and suggestions for cross-comparative research to differentiate universal and context-specific processes. The third section examines social relations and social networks in diverse societies and features developmentally crucial contexts (e.g., family, peers, schools) and contributions on interethnic interactions in real-life contexts. The final section presents applications in natural settings and includes contributions on participatory action research and teachers dealings' with ethnic diversity. Each chapter provides a thorough overview of current research trends and findings, followed by detailed recommendations for future research, suggesting how the approaches can be cited, applied and improved.

Youth in Superdiverse Societies is valuable reading for students studying adolescent acculturation and development in psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, linguistics and political science. It will also be of interest to scholars and researchers in social and developmental psychology, and related disciplines, as well as professionals in the field of migration.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Conceptual Considerations

Chapter 1: Growing up with difference – superdiverse contexts as a habitual frame of reference

Chapter 2: Globalization and the proliferation of complex acculturation processes

Chapter 3: Biculturalism and Bicultural Identity Development: A Relational Model of Bicultural Systems

Chapter 4: Polyculturalism: Current Evidence, Future Directions, and Implementation Possibilities for Diverse Youth

Chapter 5: Towards a More Dynamic Perspective on Acculturation Research

Chapter 6: Development in context: The importance of country and school level factors for the mental health of immigrant adolescents

Part 2: Innovative Methods

Chapter 7: Applying experience-sampling methods to investigate the impact of school diversity on youth development in multicultural contexts

Chapter 8: Immigrant youth adaptation in multilevel context: Conceptual and statistical considerations

Chapter 9: The role of comparative research in understanding the diversity of immigrant youth

Part 3: Adolescents’ Diverse Social Worlds

Chapter 10: Adolescent Language Brokers: Developmental and Familial Considerations

Chapter 11: Ethnic Majority and Minority Youth in Multicultural Societies

Chapter 12: A new agenda for examining interethnic interactions amongst youth in diverse settings

Chapter 13: Bridging Contexts: The Interplay between Parents, Peers, and Schools in Explaining Youth Reactions to Growing Diversity

Chapter 14: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Segregation in Youth’s Friendship Networks: Opportunities and Challenges for Research

Part 4: Preparing Societies for Dealing with Diversity Inside and Outside of Schools

Chapter 15: Participatory Approaches to Youth Civic Development in Multicultural Societies

Chapter 16: Teachers’ dealings with ethnic diversity

Chapter 17: How to best prepare teachers for multicultural schools: Challenges and perspectives

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Peter F. Titzmann is Professor for Developmental Psychology at the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. In his research he investigates the interplay between normative development and migration-related adaptation among adolescents with immigrant background. He studied this interplay in developmental outcomes, such as acculturative stress, delinquency, family interactions, autonomy, and self-efficacy.

Philipp Jugert is Professor of Intercultural Psychology - Migration and Integration at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. His major research interests include social development in the context of ethnic diversity, group processes and intergroup relations, and civic engagement.