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Refugees Welcome?

Difference and Diversity in a Changing Germany

Edited by Jan-Jonathan Bock and Sharon Macdonald

358 pages, 10 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-128-4 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (January 2019)

ISBN  978-1-78920-135-2 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (January 2019)

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“The volume achieves its coherence through numerous cross-references of the articles, comparison of competing interpretations, as well as the outstanding introduction and conclusion…The volume impresses through its topicality, its throughout intense discussion of current scholarship, its interdisciplinary approach, and the breadth of the targeted readership. It offers an excellent introduction to this topic for the English-language readers.” • German Studies Review


The arrival in 2015 and 2016 of over one million asylum seekers and refugees in Germany had major social consequences and gave rise to extensive debates about the nature of cultural diversity and collective life. This volume examines the responses and implications of what was widely seen as the most significant and contested social change since German reunification in 1990. It combines in-depth studies based on anthropological fieldwork with analyses of the longer trajectories of migration and social change. Its original conclusions have significance not only for Germany but also for the understanding of diversity and difference more widely.

Jan-Jonathan Bock is Programme Director of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom. His publications include Austerity, Community Action and the Future of Citizenship in Europe (2018), co-edited with Shana Cohen and Christina Fuhr.

Sharon Macdonald is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology at the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität Berlin. She founded and directs the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), as well as its major project Making Differences – Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century.

Subject: Sociology Refugee and Migration Studies Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Germany


List of Figures and Tables

Introduction: Making, Experiencing and Managing Difference in a Changing Germany
Jan-Jonathan Bock and Sharon Macdonald


Chapter 1. Language as Battleground: ‘Speaking’ the Nation, Lingual Citizenship and Diversity Management in Post-unification
Uli Linke

Chapter 2. Diversity and Unity: Political and Conceptual Answers to Experiences of Differences and Diversities in Germany
Friedrich Heckmann

Chapter 3. Jews, Muslims and the Ritual Male Circumcision Debate: Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion in Germany
Gökce Yurdakul


Chapter 4. Islam, Vernacular Culture and Creativity in Stuttgart
Petra Kuppinger

Chapter 5. ‘Neukölln Is Where I Live, It’s Not Where I’m From’: Children of Migrants Navigating Belonging in a Rapidly Changing
Urban Space in Berlin
Carola Tize and Ria Reis

Chapter 6. The Post-migrant Paradigm
Naika Foroutan


Chapter 7. New Year’s Eve, Sexual Violence and Moral Panics: Ruptures and Continuities in Germany’s Integration Regime
Kira Kosnick

Chapter 8. Solidarity with Refugees: Negotiations of Proximity and Memory
Serhat Karakayalı

Chapter 9. Negotiating Cultural Difference in Dresden’s Pegida Movement and Berlin’s Refugee Church
Jan-Jonathan Bock


Chapter 10. Interstitial Agents: Negotiating Migration and Diversity in Theatre
Jonas Tinius

Chapter 11. Articulating a Noncitizen Politics: Nation-State Pity vs. Democratic Inclusion
Damani J. Partridge

Chapter 12. The Refugees-Welcome Movement: A New Form of Political Action
Werner Schiffauer

Conclusion: Refugee Futures and the Politics of Difference
Sharon Macdonald


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