Understanding Difference amid Superdiversity: Space, ‘Race’ and Granular Essentialisms at an Inner-City Football Club

Rosbrook-Thompson, James (2018) Understanding Difference amid Superdiversity: Space, ‘Race’ and Granular Essentialisms at an Inner-City Football Club. Sociology, 52 (4). pp. 639-654. ISSN 1469-8684

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Abstract

Using the findings of ethnographic fieldwork conducted at an inner-city football club, the article examines the relationship between superdiversity and understandings of human variation. It is argued that club personnel relied on what I have termed ‘granular essentialisms’ to make sense of their superdiverse surroundings. These were assertions about ethnicity and ‘race’ that resulted from sustained engagement across various categories of difference and saw these categories intersected in various ways, with notions of space and place being invoked in the process. This granular approach is compared with the attitudes to migration-related diversity encountered outside the inner city. I conclude that proponents of superdiversity should take greater account of the inequalities, tensions and prejudices evident in and around superdiverse areas if they are to construct a more comprehensive picture of the lived realities of contemporary cities and the understandings of ethno-racial difference which take hold there.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ethnicity, Migration, 'Race', Sport, Superdiversity, Urban sociology
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: James Rosbrook-Thompson
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 09:28
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2019 14:48
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/700757

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