The Difference Diversity Makes: A Principle, a Lens, an Empirical Attribute for Majority-Minority Relations

  • Paolo Boccagni
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


This chapter explores the contribution of diversity, as a concept and a research optic, to the debate on immigrant incorporation and majority-minority relations in Europe. While the use of this term abounds in the recent literature, its meaning often sounds unduly self-evident, as if it were a principle in its own right. There is still little reflection on the variety of stances and interests which underlie it at a number of levels: as an approach to interethnic relations, an empirical attribute, a (potential) new mode of immigrant incorporation or even a more fashionable synonym for multiculturalism, apparently less burdened with ideological and normative implications.


Difference Diversity Migration Study Normative Implication Policy Provision Empirical Attribute 
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