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    Welfare micropublics and inequality: urban super-diversity in a time of austerity

    Berg, M.L. and Gidley, Ben and Krausova, A. (2019) Welfare micropublics and inequality: urban super-diversity in a time of austerity. Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (15), pp. 2723-2742. ISSN 0141-9870.

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    This article argues for the importance of the role of the national and local state, and of increasing socio-economic inequality for understanding urban super-diversity in a time of austerity. Using a methodology and conceptualisation that avoids the methodological ethnicism and ‘methodological neighbourhoodism’ inherent in some diversity research, we draw on quantitative analysis and ethnographically produced material from south London to ask what differences make a difference. Examining interactions in ‘welfare micropublics’, including maternity services, schools, and elderly social care, we show that residents and service providers, often following an ‘ethos of inclusion’, routinely engage with difference in encounters, allowing the potential for conviviality to emerge. We argue that only by considering diversity together with inequality, can we develop more textured and nuanced accounts of super-diverse urban areas, including a fuller understanding of the social production of difference and indifference.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Super-diversity, inequality, austerity, the state, conviviality, London, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, diversity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Ben Gidley
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 09:10
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:45


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