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More people from more places are migrating to more places, leading to greater linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity, especially in urban areas. In this video, STEVEN VERTOVEC analyzes this super-diversification and considers how societies can best respond to the challenges it presents. With sources ranging from U.N. and World Bank migration data to more ethnographic, everyday research, Vertovec observes that people’s concerns about migration are exacerbated by their tendency to wildly overestimate its scale. Urging stakeholders to consider the key role that social media has come to play in defining attitudes towards diversification, Vertovec also highlights the scientifically proven benefits that result from real, positive interactions between people from different backgrounds.


Steven Vertovec is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford. His previous positions include Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford (2002-07) and directorships at the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (1997-2007). Vertovec’s research foci include globalization and the transnational along with international migration and ethnic diasporas. Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the journal Global Networks, Vertovec has provided consultancy expertise to organizations including the British Council, the European Commission, and the World Bank.


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Original publication

Talking Around Super-Diversity

Vertovec Steven
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Published in 2017