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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)

eISBN 978-1-78920-129-1 eBook

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“The achievement of the book and what makes it different to many other works tackling the ‘refugee crisis’ is its focus on the ambivalence of direction… It thereby moves the discussion away from the reductionist representations of the ‘refugee crisis’ commonly promoted in public discourse, toward acknowledgement of the complexity of the topic. This deconstruction effort also allows for an informed and qualified exploration of current and future avenues for change.” • Anthropology Matters

“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: SociologyRefugee and Migration StudiesPolitical and Economic Anthropology
Area: Germany


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