Department of socio-cultural diversity

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The Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity, directed by Steven Vertovec, is devoted to comparative empirical investigation and theoretical development concerning migration-driven diversity. The categories of diversity most relevant to our research interests are race and ethnicity, religion, gender, age, class and migration status. Moreover, the research agenda explores in the ways and processes by which migration-driven diversity is related to other modes of increasing social, cultural, economic and political differentiation. As contextually constructed categories, social differences are manifested in, for instance, structures of inequality and power, in self-declared and ascribed visible symbols, in practices of interaction, in government policies and through discourses and images of sameness or otherness. Research projects in the Department mostly focus on the urban scale in European and African societies. Disciplines represented among the staff include social anthropology, sociology, political science, social psychology and geography.