Immigration has transformed the social, economic, political and cultural landscapes of global cities such as London, Melbourne, Milan and Amsterdam. The term ‘superdiversity’ captures a new era of migration-driven demographic diversifications and associated complexities. Superdiversity is the future or, in many cases, the current reality of neighbourhoods, cities, countries and regions, yet the implications of superdiversification for governance and policy have, until now, received very little attention.
First published as a special issue of Policy & Politics, this insightful volume brings together contributions from experts across Europe to explore the ways in which superdiversity has shaped the development of policy and to consider challenges for the future.
“With its valuable focus on policy and governance, this volume critically sharpens, deepens and operationalises the concept of superdiversity. It is most welcome in a time marked by new social complexities linked to growing inequalities.” Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
"Focuses on the policy responses to complex demographic changes in European countries, but also provides important insights for rapidly diversifying societies in other world regions.” Gracia Liu-Farrer, Waseda University
"This collection provides a timely and highly insightful contribution on how, in increasingly diversified contemporary societies, the concept of superdiversity can be used for the study of policy and governance on the national, regional, urban as well as transnational level." Susanne Wessendorf, London School of Economics & Political Science
Jenny Phillimore is Professor of Migration and Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham. Jenny is a fellow of the RSA and of the Academy of the Social Sciences with research interests in superdiversity and refugee integration.
Nando Sigona is Professor of International Migration and Forced Displacement and Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include undocumented migration, child and youth mobility and camps and urban diversity.
Katherine Tonkiss is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University. Her research focuses on citizenship and migration studies. Her work engages empirically and theoretically with the re-conceptualisation of membership.
Introduction: Superdiversity, policy and governance in Europe~Jenny Phillimore, Nando Sigona and Katherine Tonkiss
Managing superdiversity? Examining the intercultural policy turn in Europe~Leila Hadj Abdou and Andrew Geddes
Mainstreaming in response to superdiversity? The governance of migration-related diversity in France, the UK and the Netherlands~Ilona van Breugel and Peter Scholten
Making the most of super-diversity: Notes on the potential of a new approach~Tina Magazzini
Superdiversity and sub-national autonomous regions: Perspectives from the South Tyrolean case~Roberta Medda-Windischer
Transmigration: The rise of flexible migration strategies as part of superdiversity~Dirk Geldof, Mieke Schrooten and Sophie Withaeckx
Superdiversity, multiculturalism and local policies: A study on European cities~Maurizio Ambrosini
Integrating superdiversity in urban governance: The case of inner-city Lisbon~Nuno Oliveira and Beatriz Padilla
Urban planning and the challenge of super-diversity~Simon Pemberton
Superdiversity in the post-industrial city: a comparative analysis of backlash narratives in six European neighbourhoods~Ole Jensen