Ethnographies of Superdiversity

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This chapter discusses the historical emergence of ethnographies of superdiversity and the kinds of methods such ethnographies use. It provides an overview of social scientific scholarship concerned with the effects of globalization on the local level and illustrates how current ethnographies of superdiversity draw on long-standing research traditions of urban neighborhood research. The chapter discusses the political background of these types of ethnographies—namely, the backlash against multiculturalism and the ensuing local turn, which highlighted the need to move beyond the study of ethnic groups in urban contexts characterized by immigration and focus on social relations between groups and individuals differentiated along multiple categories. The second part of the chapter discusses different sites where ethnographies of superdiversity take place, from the neighborhood level and the public spaces within neighborhoods to semipublic spaces of regular encounters to workplaces, institutions, and the home. Lastly, the chapter presents a selection of the methods used as part of such ethnographies, some of which go beyond more conventional ethnographic methods. The chapter concludes by addressing some of the challenges of ethnographic research on superdiversity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Superdiversity
EditorsFran Meissner, Nando Sigona, Steven Vertovec
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780197544969
ISBN (Print)9780197544938
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022

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  • Ethnographic method
  • Ethnography
  • Method
  • Methodology
  • Superdiversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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