Superdiversity and the everyday

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The chapter situates superdiversity as an enriching paradigm for the concept of everyday multiculturalism, one that demands more granular assessment of power and inequality in relation to quotidian coexistence. It argues that temporary legal status gives shape to the politics, sociabilities, possibilities, and outcomes of lived diversity in everyday multiculturalism. The domains of work and neighborhood are highlighted as spaces of encounter, and the core variable is not racial, ethnic, or national origin, but temporary visa status. Challenging colloquial “too local” understandings of “everyday multiculturalism,” the chapter shows how the wider economic and institutional forces that underpin temporariness as an increasingly typical mode of migrant existence profoundly shape opportunity structures for convivial encounter, social relations, and the formation of communities-in-difference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of superdiversity
EditorsFran Meissner, Nando Sigona, Steven Vertovec
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780197544969
ISBN (Print)9780197544938
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Conviviality
  • Everyday multiculturalism
  • Integration
  • Multiculture
  • Superdiversity
  • Temporary migration


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