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Mooring ‘super-diversity’ to a brutal migration milieu

Hall, Suzanne M. ORCID: 0000-0002-0660-648X (2017) Mooring ‘super-diversity’ to a brutal migration milieu. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40 (9). pp. 1562-1573. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1300296


The migration milieu in which ‘super-diversity’ locates is not a crisis of human mobility, but the crisis of political imagination to engage with mobility as integral to twenty-first century citizenship. The migration milieu of Western capitalism actively requires and refutes the migrant, making a volatile life-world of migration in public discourse, policy and everyday life. Rather than focus on the current conceptual reach of super-diversity, my paper directly engages with whether super-diversity has explanatory cogency for this brutal migration milieu. Vertovec’s original outline of super-diversity points to accelerated migrations in which the elaboration of borders and circumventions have become ‘more multiple’, ‘more stratified’ (Vertovec 2007). While migration processes have discernible scale, breadth and pace, I argue that it is the milieu of history, atmosphere and ideology that is formative. My aim is to relate processes of diversitymaking to the punitive effects of the Europea

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Additional Information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 14:11
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:53

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