Dr. Susanne Wessendorf

Dr. Susanne Wessendorf

Social Anthropology

Susanne Wessendorf is now at the University of Birmingham.

Susanne Wessendorf was a postdoctoral research fellow, working on patterns of 'super-diversity' in a London neighbourhood. She holds a D.Phil in social anthropology from Oxford University. Her thesis focused on the interrelationship of integration and transnationalism among second-generation Italians in Switzerland. She has a Masters of philosophy from the University of Basle, Switzerland, in social anthropology, european anthropology and linguistics and has been an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne, Switzerland.

Her research interests include urban diversity and intersections of multiple differences, social relations in urban contexts, transnationalism and the second generation.



[forthcoming] Super-diversity and Everyday Life. Living Together, Dwelling Apart. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

[2013] Second-Generation Transnationalism and Roots Migration: Cross-Border Lives. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Edited volumes

[2010] (with Steven Vertovec, eds) Backlash against Multiculturalism? European discourses, policies and practices. London, New York: Routledge.

Articles in Refereed Journals

[2013] ‘Commonplace diversity and the ‘ethos of mixing’: perceptions of difference in a London neighbourhood,’ Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 20(4): 407-422, DOI: 10.1080/1070289X. 2013.822374.

[2010] ‘Local attachments and transnational everyday lives: Second-generation Italians in Switzerland,’ Global Networks 10(3): 365-82.

[2008] ‘Culturalist discourses on inclusion and exclusion: The Swiss citizenship debate’. Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale 16:187-202.

[2007] ‘Roots-Migrants: Transnationalism and “Return” among Second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33(7):1083-1102.

[2007] ‘Sushi-eating secondos and Casual Latins. Political movements and the emergence of a Latino counter-culture among second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. Journal of Intercultural Studies 28(3):345-360.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

[2011] ‘Dimmi con chi vai..... Associazioni fra gruppi di pari e affermazione culturale fra gli immigrati italiani die seconda generazione in Svizzera’, in Stranieri  in Italia. La generazione dopo. Edited by M. Barbagli and C. Schmoll (eds.). Bologna: il Mulino, pp. 75-102.  Link

[2010] ‘State-Imposed Translocalism and the Dream of Returning. Italian Migrants in Switzerland’, in Intimacy and Italian Migration. Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World. Edited by Loretta Baldassar and Donna R. Gabaccia, pp. 157-69. New York: Fordham University Press.

[2008] ‘Italian Families in Switzerland. Sites of Belonging or Golden Cages?,’ in The Family in Question. Immigrant and Ethnic Minorities in Multicultural Europe. Edited by R. Grillo, pp. 205-224. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

[2007] ‘Whom do you hang out with? Patterns of peer group association, cultural assertion and detachment among second-generation Italians in Switzerland’. In: Thomas Geisen and Christine Riegel (eds.): Jugend, Migration und Zugehörigkeit. Subjektpositionierungen im Kontext von Jugendkultur, Ethnizitäts- und Geschlechterkonstruktionen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 111-127.

[2006] (with Steven Vertovec) ‘Migration and Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Diversity in Europe: An overview of issues and trends’. In: Rinus Penninx, Maria Berger and Karen Kraal (eds.): The Dynamics of International migration and Settlement in Europe. A State of the Art. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 171-200.

Working Papers

[2013] ‘"Being open, but sometimes closed". Living together in a super-diverse London neighbourhood´, http://www.mmg.mpg.de/publications/working-papers/2013/wp-13-11/, MMG Working Paper WP 13-11

[2011] `Commonplace diversity and the ‘ethos of mixing’: Perceptions of difference in a London neighbourhood´, http://www.mmg.mpg.de/publications/working-papers/2011/wp-11-09/, MMG Working Paper WP 11-09

[2010] `Commonplace Diversity: Social Interactions in a Super-diverse Context?´, http://www.mmg.mpg.de/publications/working-papers/2010/wp-10-11/, MMG Working Paper WP 10-11

[2009] `Assessing the backlash against multi culturalism in Europe´ (with Steven Vertovec), http://www.mmg.mpg.de/documents/wp/WP_09-04_Vertovec-Wessendorf_backlash.pdf, MMG Working Paper WP 09-04

[2009] `Local Attachments and Transnational Everyday Lives: Second-generation Italians in Switzerland and in Italy´, http://www.mmg.mpg.de/documents/wp/WP_09-07_Wessendorf_Second-generation-Italians.pdfMMG Working Paper WP 09-07

[2008] `Local Attachments and Transnational Everyday Lives: Second-Generation Italians in Switzerland´. Working Paper of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/wp-08-59/ 

[2008] `Negotiating Italianità: Ethnicity and Peer-Group Formation among Transnational Second-Generation Italians in Switzerland´. Working Paper No 48, Sussex Centre for Migration Research http://www.sussex.ac.uk/migration/documents/mwp48.pdf

[2005] `"No Pizza without Migrants": Between Politics of Identity and Transnationalism. Second- Generation Italians in Switzerland´. Working Paper of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/wp-05-15/