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Diversity and Contact

Immigration and Social Interaction in German Cities
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Diversity and Contact by Steven Vertovec

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This book analyzes how the socio-demographic and cultural diversity of societies affect the social interactions and attitudes of individuals and groups within them. Focusing on Germany, where in some cities more than one third of the population are first or second-generation immigrants, it examines how this phenomenon impacts on the ways in which urban residents interact, form friendships, and come to trust or resent each other. The authors, a distinguished team of sociologists, political scientists, social psychologists, anthropologists and geographers, present the results of their wide-ranging empirical research, which combines a 3-wave-panel survey, qualitative fieldwork, area explorations and analysis of official data. In doing so, they offer representative findings and deeper insights into how residents experience different neighbourhood contexts. Their conclusions are a significant contribution to our understanding of the implications of immigration and diversity, and of the conditions and consequences of intergroup interaction. This ground-breaking work will appeal to scholars across the Social Sciences.

Author Biography

Karen Schoenwalder is a Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Professor at the Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany.Soeren Petermann is Team Leader at GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany.Joerg Huttermann is a Researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at Bielefeld University, Germany. Steven Vertovec is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Goettingen, Germany. Miles Hewstone is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Oxford, UK. Dietlind Stolle is the Director of the Inter-University Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University, Canada. Katharina Schmid is Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict, UK. Thomas Schmitt is a Human Geographer at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany.
Release date NZ
December 5th, 2016
  • Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1st ed. 2016
15 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, color; 50 Illustrations, black and white; XIX, 296 p. 53 illus., 3 illus. in color.
Palgrave Macmillan
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