Super-Diversity in Everyday Life

Special Issue Ethnic and Racial Studies coming soon

In the introduction to this special issue, we consider a number of questions central to the study of super-diversity in urban contexts in Western Europe and the United States. We begin with a discussion of why the super-diversity concept has had more impact on scholarship in Western Europe than the United States, where it has had much less resonance. We explore the nature and effects of super-diversity for ongoing social relations in everyday life, considering both the positive and negative consequences. And we conclude with a consideration of some unfulfilled promises of super-diversity, including integrating the dimension of power into the analyses as well as finding ways to examine the many bases and intersections of different forms of diversity, while at the same time not downplaying the role of continued and long-term inequalities, such as race and class, that typically remain of primary importance in super-diverse settings.

Read the full introduction from Guest Editors; Nancy Foner, Jan Willem Duyvendak and Philip Kasinitz,

Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century

Lecture at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard

(4:45) Joan C. Williams, distinguished professor of law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair, and director of the Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

(20:17) Jan Willem Duyvendak, distinguished research professor of sociology, University of Amsterdam

(35:45) Fatma Müge Göçek, professor of sociology and women’s studies, University of Michigan

(52:20) Rina Verma Williams, associate professor of political science and affiliate faculty in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and Asian studies, University of Cincinnati

Moderated by David Gergen, faculty director of the Center for Public Leadership and public service professor of public leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:20:29)

Daniel Carpenter, faculty director of the social sciences program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences