Superdiversity: A critical intersectional investigation

Evelien Geerts, Sophie Withaeckx, Nella van den Brandt

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Though the concepts of diversity and inclusion are still widely used in the contexts of management, policy-making, and academic research, the notion of superdiversity is becoming increasingly popular. First articulated by social anthropologist Steven Vertovec (see Vertovec, 2006; 2007; 2012), superdiversity has been described as a concept and theoretical tool that enables us to study our ever-evolving, globalising social reality in great detail by taking the enormous amount of diversity that exists within different groups in societies around the world into account as well, in addition to differences between different groups. Superdiversity is mainly linked to the growing ethnic and cultural complexity of Western European societies, and is therefore often associated with the rise of so-called majority-minority-cities, such as Amsterdam, Brussels, and London, to name a few– all cities in which ethnic minority groups are about to replace (or have already replaced) the ethnic majority group (see, e.g., Crul, Schneider, & Lelie, 2013; Crul, 2016; Geldof, 2015)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages6
JournalTijdschrift voor Genderstudies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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