Blog | May 2018, Urban Affairs Forum
Economy or Justice? How Urban Actors Respond to Diversity
by Michalis Moutselos, Christian Jacobs, Julia Martínez-Ariño, Maria Schiller, Karen Schönwälder, Alexandre Tandé
In many European countries, “diversity” has become a common term in political and public life. In Germany, for instance, thousands of companies, administrations, and other civil society actors have signed a diversity charter. Recent governments have run campaigns announcing the diversity is good for German society (Schönwälder and Triadafilopoulos 2016). But what exactly is meant by “diversity”? Is this just a slogan that suits economic interests and obscures inequalities, as some critics fear?