|Title of host publication||The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction|
|Editors||Cornelia Ilie, Karen Tracy, Todd Sandel|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons Ltd|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Apr 2015|
Superdiversity discourse is a relatively new, primarily academic discourse whose increasing presence in the domains of social work, institutional policy, urban and national politics, and the media is signaling a rapidly growing uptake, albeit one that is disciplinarily fragmented and geographically unevenly spread. Arguably, superdiversity's uptake suggests that its discourse is catching the imagination of the humanities and social sciences as a recognizably productive and auspiciously novel vantage point, which sits comfortably with certain explicitly postcolonial anthropological and sociolinguistic takes on diversity and identity, as well as with more recent diversity-related shifts or “turns” toward (among other things) complexity and translocality—urban, digital, and so on. After presenting the notion of superdiversity, exploring its conceptual umwelt (environment) and its uptake, most prominently in sociolinguistics, this article turns to the future prospects and perceived dangers surrounding the discourse of superdiversity.
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