Mainstreaming and Superdiversity: Beyond More Integration

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The emergent literature on mainstreaming immigrant integration frequently references the term ‘superdiversity’. The diversification of migration is put forward as one rationale for implementing measures to support immigrant integration across policy fields and across levels of policy making. In this chapter and against the backdrop of the book’s empirical work, I ask how else, beyond being a rationale for mainstreaming, thinking about superdiversity might add to debates about what is mainstreamed. I primarily advance the argument that a superdiversity lens is uniquely placed to critically examine whether the goal of mainstreaming should be integration and propose to consider the merits of thinking about convivial disintegration as a more adequate policy goal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMainstreaming Integration Governance
Subtitle of host publicationNew Trends in Migrant Integration Policies in Europe
EditorsPeter Scholten, Ilona van Breugel
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-59277-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-59276-3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017


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