The Global Diversities Book Series


Palgrave Macmillan
Global Diversities

The age of diversity in which we are living is characterized globally by, among other things, increasing flows of people, images and cultural forms, new permutations of identity politics, and the intensification of transnational social, religious and cultural connections. Consequently around the world we have witnessed growing public debates and burgeoning academic research surrounding modes and processes of social differentiation – often summarized under the broad notion ‘diversity’. Indeed over the past decade, the concept of ‘diversity’ has gained a leading place in academic thought, business practice, politics and public policy across the world. However, local conditions and meanings of ‘diversity’ are highly dissimilar and changing. For these reasons, deeper and more comparative understandings of pertinent concepts, processes and phenomena are in great demand.

The Palgrave Book Series on ‘Global Diversities’ examines:

  • multiple forms and configurations of diversity;
  • how these have been conceived, imagined, and represented;
  • how they have been or could be regulated or governed;
  • how different processes of inter-ethnic or inter-religious encounter unfold;
  • how conflicts arise and how political solutions are negotiated and practiced;
  • what truly convivial societies might actually look like.

Works in the series produce new, comparative insights into conditions and processes surrounding cooperative relations between diverse groups, transnational patterns of group formation, the emergence of ethnic/religious strife and modes of conflict avoidance or amelioration. Studies address migration-related contexts worldwide as well as societies long characterized by different kinds of diversity, such as South Africa, the Balkans, China, and India. By comparatively examining a range of conditions, processes and cases revealing the contemporary meanings and dynamics of ‘diversity’, the Palgrave Book Series ‘Global Diversities’ is a key resource for students and professional social scientists. It represents a landmark within a field that has become, and will continue to be, one of the foremost topics of global concern throughout the twenty-first century.

Reflecting this multi-disciplinary field, the Palgrave Book Series ‘Global Diversities’ includes works from Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Law, Geography and Religious Studies.

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Books in the Series

Migration, Diversity and Inequality in Later Life.Ageing at a Crossroads
Sampaio, D. (2022).
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Migration and Urban Transitions in Australia
Levin, I., Nygaard, C.A., Newton, P.W., & Gifford, S.M. (Eds.) (2022).
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The Nation Form in the Global Age. Ethnographic Perspectives
Ahmad, I., & Kang, J. (Eds.) (2022).
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Digesting Difference. Migrant Incorporation and Mutual Belonging in Europe
McKowen, K., & Bornaman, J. (Eds.) (2021).
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Comparing Conviviality. Living with Difference in Casamance and Catalonia
Heil, T. (2021).
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Organised Cultural Encounters. Practices of Transformation
Paulsen Galal, L., & Hvenegård-Lassen, K. (2021).
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Institutions and Organizations of Refugee Integration. Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Syrian Refugees in Sweden
Bucken-Knapp, G., Omanovic, V., & Spehar, A. (2019).
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Protestantism in Xiamen. Then and Now
White, C. (Ed.) (2019).
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The Secular in South, East, and Southeast Asia
Dean, K., & van der Veer, P. (Eds.) (2018).
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Forging African Communities
Bakewell, O., & Landau, L.B. (Eds.) (2018).
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Intercultural Cities Policy and Practice for a New Era
White, B. W. (Ed.) (2018).
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Routes and rites to the city: mobility, diversity and religious space in Johannesburg
Kankonde Bukasa, P., Wilhelm-Solomon, M., Núñez, L., & Malcomess, B. (Eds.). (2017).
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Diversity and Contact. Immigration and Social Interaction in German Cities
Schönwälder, K., Petermann, S., Hüttermann, J., Vertovec, S., Hewstone, M., Stolle, D., Schmid, K., & Schmitt, Th. (2016).
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House Church Christianity in China From Rural Preachers to City Pastors
Kang, J. (2016).
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Socialising with Diversity. Relational Diversity through a Superdiversity Lens
Meissner, F. (2016).
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Migrant Dubai. Low Wage Workers and the Construction of a Global City
Kathiravelu, L. (2015).
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Governing through Diversity
Matejskova, T., & Antonsich, M. (2015).
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Atheist Secularism and its Discontents. A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eurasia
Ngo, T., & Quijada, J.B. (2015).
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Commonplace Diversity: Social Relations in a Super-Diverse Context
Wessendorf, S. (2014).
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For Authors

The series publishes standard monographs and edited collections of 70-90,000 words, as well as Palgrave Pivot e-books for shorter works that are between 25-50,000 words.


Contact the Series Editors

You do not need to have a complete proposal package ready before you talk to the editor about your proposal. If you would like to talk about your idea early in the development process, contact the series editors to set up an appointment at: ✉globaldiversities(at)


The Template for Your Proposal Package

A proposal package is the first step in developing a project for the Global Diversities Book Series. In preparing your proposal package, please keep in mind that the series editors (and the publisher) need to know as much as possible about your planned book, including its scope, its intended audience, organizational structure, and the ways in which the publisher can best promote the volume to the intended readers.

The proposal will serve to make the case that you can write with authority, accuracy, and clarity, and that you can present what you have to say in a way that will be of interest and of relevance to your intended readers, and that what you have to say is appropriate for the series. With this in mind, your proposal will include the following items:

  • A prospectus describing your intentions
  • A detailed table of contents including a chapter by chapter synopsis
  • A description of the planned audience of the book
  • Up-to-date author information

Your proposal package should provide the series editors, reviewers, and the publisher with sufficient evidence to make a publishing decision about the project. Please see the publication manual linked to the bottom of this page for more information.

A set of publishing proposal guidelines and a form can be obtained here. For shorter works to be considered for the e-book ‘Pivot’ series, guidelines and a form can be obtained here. Please send all publishing proposals for the ‘Global Diversities’ series to MPI Publications Manager Christiane Kofri at ✉kofri(at), or per post at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, D-37073 Göttingen, Germany.

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