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Religious Super-diversity and Peacebuilding

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Steven Vertovec introduced the category of super-diversity in 2007. According to this notion, the nature of immigration brings with it “a transformative ‘diversification of diversity’ not just in terms of bringing more ethnicities and countries of origin, but also with respect to a multiplication of significant variables [that include] differential immigration statuses and their concomitant entitlements and restrictions of rights, divergent labour market experiences, discrete gender and age profiles, patterns of spatial distribution, and mixed local area responses by service providers and residents.”

Religion has recently gained more prominence in debates around migration-driven super-diversity due to issues of secularization and the re-enchantment of the world and the increasing presence of migrant religions and new religious movements. While anthropologists have traditionally focused on conflicts, some scholars have recently explored the role of religion in peacebuilding process, taking into account the fact that religious spaces are produced through the labor of ritualization and interpretations.

Vertovec claims that, if on the one hand super-diversity could entail patterns of inequality and prejudice, emergent forms of racism and segregation, on the other it could challenge these negative features in increasingly complex, composite, and stratified societies. Despite certain ambiguities, the religious super-diversity could lead to greater interaction, to the development of convivial and cosmopolitan identities, and contribute to the building of a peaceful coexistence (Vertovec 2019).

This book explores the relation between religious super-diversity and peacebuilding from an anthropological perspective using both theory and specific case studies.

Published: Mar 1, 2024


Section Chapter Authors
Chapter 1
Religious Diversity, Plurality and Pluralism: Towards an Analytical Grid Dionigi Albera, Mariachiara Giorda
Chapter 2
‘Out-of-place’ Muslims: Public Islam and Youth Activism in Sites of Modernity Andrea Priori
Chapter 3
Nonviolence and Interreligious Dialogue in Islam: The Case of Jawdat Said Viviana Schiavo
Chapter 4
Super-diverse Ancestors: Cemeterial Recollections as Practices of Coexistence in Rural Java Roberto Rizzo
Chapter 5
Narrating the Past and the Future: Religious Super-diversity Formation of Catholic Communities in Vietnam Yuqing Du
Chapter 6
The Digital Darśana: Celebrating Durgā Pūjā 2020 During the Pandemic Valeria Giampietri, Randa Khalil, Ludovica Tozzi
Chapter 7
Post-War Religious Dynamics: A Case-study from Nepal Davide Torri
Chapter 8
Migration, Religious Super-diversity, and Cohabitation: Notes from an Ethnographic Research on Sri Lankan Communities in Sicily Giovanni Cordova