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How and Where to Point a Superdiversity Lens?

  • Fran Meissner
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Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Abstract

Operationalising superdiversity research requires that researchers use the notion diligently and that they are able to address specific hurdles of research design. In this chapter three aspects of the research design process are considered: choosing sites, foci, and analysis techniques. An investigation of the social networks of Pacific and New Zealand Māori migrants living in London and Toronto—the empirical project the book builds on—serves to illustrate the challenges and their solutions. In particular a discussion of starting research with a fuzzy category, facing difficulties in deciding on a specific set of superdiversity variables, and drawing on cross-context data are themes discussed not only to offer advice on designing superdiversity research but also to introduce the reader to the specificity of the case studies.

Keywords

Superdiversity operationalisation Fuzzy categories London and Toronto City as context 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fran Meissner
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  1. 1.Urban and Regional SociologyUniversity of KasselKasselGermany

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