Evidencing superdiversity in the census and beyond

Posted on Wednesday 21st May 2014

A new article by IRiS academic Professor Martin Stringer, entitled 'Evidencing superdiversity in the census and beyond' has been published by Taylor and Francis online.

Martin writes in his abstract:

"Starting from the proposition, in both my own work and that of Steve Vertovec, that there is something about superdiverse neighbourhoods or societies that is qualitatively different from those that are merely diverse, this paper asks whether it is possible to identify religious superdiversity within quantitative population data, such as the census in England and Wales, in order to test such a proposition. In doing this the paper will ask whether it is possible to find any evidence for superdiversity, as Vertovec defines it, in data sets such as the census and whether such data can help to identify where to set the boundary between ‘diversity’ and ‘superdiversity’. The paper will then explore what would need to be measured in order to designate an area as superdiverse in religious terms and whether the census data can offer any material that can be used for this purpose. The author concludes by suggesting that we need a range of methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to define any area as superdiverse and that it is only in this way that we can begin to test the kind of hypothesis offered by the author at the start of the paper."

You can read the full article by going to Taylor and Francis online

Find out more about the work of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)