Intensified global mobility and migration combined with the accessibility resulting from the advent of the internet have led to increasing cross-cultural contact. Simultaneously, growing inequality, segregation, uneasiness, and even resentment towards cultural and religious diversity leading to cultural closure instead of cultural inclusion can be observed. There is a need to rethink the possibilities for resilience towards inclusion where cultural diversity intersects with class, religion, gender, and age, for example. This process of rethinking includes:
- the continued efforts by various bodies such as states, institutions, and organizations to organize and manage diversity;
- the ways in which individuals organize their lives and the degree to which transnational pathways and new technologies allow them to do so, and what the meaningful units of analysis are in looking at those processes;
- the manners in which individuals or groups interact on a daily basis and construct their own understandings through which they create and communicate social categories of sameness and difference.
An understanding of the ways in which individuals, communities, and societies deal with tensions related to “super diversity” can help to find answers to timely questions.
Contact: Halleh Ghorashi, Chairholder Management of Diversity and Integration