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Super-diversity and the prosperous society

Mintchev, N; Moore, HL; (2018) Super-diversity and the prosperous society. European Journal of Social Theory , 21 (1) pp. 117-134. 10.1177/1368431016678629. Green open access

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Abstract

This article asks if and under what conditions ethnic diversity could become the foundation for a prosperous society. Recent studies on ethnic diversity and social cohesion suggest that diversity has a negative effect on social cohesion and therefore is detrimental to the social prosperity of individuals and communities. This article argues that although such a negative correlation may apply to contexts with well-consolidated ethnic groups, it does not necessarily apply to ‘super-diverse’ places with multiple small ethnic groups and multiple social, legal and cultural differences that cut across ethnicity. Drawing on ethnographic material from East London, the authors contend that, in super-diverse places, ethnic diversity could become a valuable aspect of community life, while inequalities in social, cultural and symbolic capital become central points of social antagonism to the detriment of prosperity.

Type: Article
Title: Super-diversity and the prosperous society
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1368431016678629
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368431016678629
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: East London, ethnic identity, inequality, prosperity, social antagonism, social cohesion, super-diversity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540218
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