Introduction: Old and New Diversity

  • Ulla Rahbek


In British Multicultural Literature and Superdiversity, Rahbek explores early twenty-first-century British multicultural literature from the combined perspective of socio-political and philosophical theories of British multiculturalism, superdiversity, and conviviality. The introductory chapter presents Rahbek’s multigenre and decentralised approach to the literary texts studied, focusing on poetry, short stories, memoirs, and novels from metropolitan and non-metropolitan locations written by writers of minority and majority backgrounds. The chapter unpacks articulations of British multiculturalism or old diversity, superdiversity or new diversity, and conviviality, with particular focus on the theories of Bhikhu Parekh, Steven Vertovec, and Paul Gilroy, and develops a general conceptual platform from which a variety of literary texts published between 2007 and 2017 are contextualised and analysed in subsequent chapters.


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  • Ulla Rahbek
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  1. 1.University of CopenhagenKøbenhavn SDenmark

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