Youth in Superdiverse Societies brings together theoretical, methodological and international approaches to the study of globalization, diversity, and acculturation in adolescence. It examines vital issues including migration, integration, cultural identities, ethnic minorities, and the interplay of ethnic and cultural diversity with experiences of growing up as an adolescent. This important volume focuses on understanding the experiences and consequences of multicultural societies and offers valuable new insights in the field of intergroup relations and the complexity of growingly heterogeneous societies.

The book comprises four sections. The first includes fresh theoretical perspectives for studying youth development in multicultural societies, exploring topics such as superdiversity, globalization, bicultural identity development, polyculturalism, the interplay of acculturation and development, as well as developmental-ecological approaches. The second section highlights innovative methods in studying multicultural societies. It contains innovative dynamic concepts (e.g., experience-based sampling), methods for studying the nested structure of acculturative contexts, and suggestions for cross-comparative research to differentiate universal and context-specific processes. The third section examines social relations and social networks in diverse societies and features developmentally crucial contexts (e.g., family, peers, schools) and contributions on interethnic interactions in real-life contexts. The final section presents applications in natural settings and includes contributions on participatory action research and teachers dealings' with ethnic diversity. Each chapter provides a thorough overview of current research trends and findings, followed by detailed recommendations for future research, suggesting how the approaches can be cited, applied and improved.

Youth in Superdiverse Societies is valuable reading for students studying adolescent acculturation and development in psychology, sociology, education, anthropology, linguistics and political science. It will also be of interest to scholars and researchers in social and developmental psychology, and related disciplines, as well as professionals in the field of migration.

chapter |4 pages


ByPeter F. Titzmann, Philipp Jugert

part I|2 pages

Conceptual considerations

chapter 1|16 pages

Growing up with difference

Superdiversity as a habitual frame of reference 1
ByFran Meissner

chapter 3|17 pages

Biculturalism and bicultural identity development

A relational model of bicultural systems
ByAlan Meca, Kyle Eichas, Seth J. Schwartz, Rachel J. Davis

chapter 4|16 pages


Current evidence, future directions, and implementation possibilities for diverse youth
ByLisa Rosenthal, MaryBeth Apriceno, Sheri R. Levy

chapter 5|18 pages

Towards a more dynamic perspective on acculturation research

ByRichard M. Lee, Peter F. Titzmann, Philipp Jugert

chapter 6|17 pages

Development in context

The importance of country and school level factors for the mental health of immigrant adolescents
ByGonneke W.J.M. Stevens, Sophie D. Walsh

part II|2 pages

Innovative Methods

chapter 8|15 pages

Immigrant youth adaptation in a multilevel context

Conceptual and statistical considerations
ByJens B. Asendorpf, Frosso Motti-Stefanidi

chapter 9|17 pages

The role of comparative research in understanding the diversity of immigrant youth

ByAlison E. F. Benbow, Lara Aumann

part III|2 pages

Adolescents’ Diverse Social Worlds

chapter 10|14 pages

Adolescent language brokers

Developmental and familial considerations
ByRobert S. Weisskirch

chapter 11|19 pages

Ethnic majority and minority youth in multicultural societies

BySabahat Cigdem Bagci, Adam Rutland

chapter 12|17 pages

A new agenda for examining interethnic interactions amongst youth in diverse settings

ByShelley McKeown, Amanda Williams, Thia Sagherian-Dickey, Katarzyna Kucaba

chapter 13|20 pages

Bridging contexts

The interplay between parents, peers, and schools in explaining youth reactions to growing diversity
ByMarta Miklikowska, Andrea Bohman

chapter 14|16 pages

Understanding the causes and consequences of segregation in youth’s friendship networks

Opportunities and challenges for research
ByLars Leszczensky, Tobias Stark

part IV|2 pages

Preparing multicultural societies for dealing with diversity inside and outside of schools

chapter 15|17 pages

Participatory approaches to youth civic development in multicultural societies

ByParissa J. Ballard, Ahna Suleiman, Lindsay Till Hoyt, Alison K. Cohen, Metsehate Ayenekulu, Genet Ebuy

chapter 16|17 pages

Teachers’ dealings with ethnic diversity

ByJochem Thijs, Roselien Vervaet

chapter 17|17 pages

How to best prepare teachers for multicultural schools

Challenges and perspectives
BySauro Civitillo, Linda P. Juang