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IRiS Roundtable series - Opportunity or challenge for addressing inequality?

7th Floor, Muirhead Tower (R21), Room 714/5
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Thursday 4th June 2015 (13:00-16:00)
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Ann Bolstridge

Many industrialised societies are becoming increasingly diverse and unequal. However, the relationship between these two phenomena is to date under-examined. In the second IRiS Key Concepts roundtable, we invited internationally renowned academics with long-standing expertise and interests in inequality to consider a range of questions.  These included:

  • How has inequality changed with the emergence of superdiversity?
  • Does a superdiversity lens help us to address or conceal structural inequality and power relations in contemporary society?
  • What new forms of social mobility and stratification are emerging in the context of superdiversity?

Speakers briefly outlined their thoughts on the issues/questions we have raised to begin a conversation about the opportunities and challenges that superdiversity brings for understanding and addressing inequality.  Short presentations contemplated conceptual and theoretical rather than empirical dimensions and were followed by open discussions.


'Superdiversity: Opportunity or challenge for addressing inequality?', Report by Rachel Humphris, Associate Researcher, IRiS

The following academics participated:

Dr Vikki Boliver
Senior Lecturer in Sociology / Social Policy
School of Applied Social Sciences
Durham University

Professor Gill Crozier
Professor of Education, FRSA
University of Roehampton, London

Professor Ben Rogaly
Professor of Human Geography
Head of Geography Department
University of Sussex

Dr Paul Watt
Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies
Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Birkbeck, University of London

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