Repertoires of diversity and collective boundaries. Diverging paths between Portugal and Brazil?

Oliveira, Nuno.

Published in: MPI Working Paper 15-08, Gottingen: Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Studies. (2015)



The article argues that two divergent paths in the conception of diversity between Europe and Latin America can be traced, with implications at the policy level: Portugal and Brazil are taken as illustrations of these trends. On the one hand, the trend is towards the blurring of ethnic and racial boundaries broadly under the policy concept of “interculturalism”; on the other hand, the Brazilian trend is towards traditional multicultural policies such as the recognition of group specificity according to ethnic boundaries and belonging, with impacts on the distribution of symbolic and material resources. The article sets out the concept of repertoires of diversity as a way of mitigating both the normativity and uniformity of the national model approach. Four differentiated repertoires with implications for collective identity narratives are highlighted. Finally, the main aspects of this comparison are summed up and a number of general conclusions drawn that concur with the idea of distinct pathways in the social organization of collective ethnic and racial belonging.

Keywords: repertoires of diversity, ethnic boundaries, collective identification, institutions  


Producing interculturality. Repertoires, Strategies and Spaces

Oliveira, Nuno. Lisbon University Institute

Published in: New Diversities, journal of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, 17-2, August. (2015)



Issues of cultural diversity governance have been on the agenda with regard to urban paradigms that seek to accommodate diversity driven by a globalized world. These new urbanscapes feature particular conditions of interaction involving cross-cultural social competences and have lately been analised according to an “ethics of encounter”. This text proposes three analytical axes to evaluate repertoires of cultural diversity in contemporary cities, particularly with regard to its inscription in public spaces and the underlying logic of their social organisation. Drawing on Foucault’s idea of the production of social realities, practices and subjectivities by means of the ways in which power circulates in social relations, I term this the production of interculturality. I argue that one can examine three logics of the production of interculturality at the urban space level: a political, an economic-competitive and an ethical-symbolic. Keywords: interculturality, ethics of encounters, governance, diversity, repertoires

Keywords: repertoires of diversity, ethnic boundaries, collective identification, institutions  


Convivialidad intercultural religiosa o conflictividad en un barrio de Lisboa

Beatriz Padilla

Publicado en: Odisea. Revista de Estudios Migratorios ISSN 2408-4454, 2, octubre 2015



Qué sucede cuando la diversidad es vivida de forma cotidiana en el espacio que habitamos, el barrio. Si consideramos la diversidad religiosa en una sociedad en la que predomina el sentimiento anti-islámico: ¿se transforma la convivencia en conflictividad? Este trabajo resulta del proyecto Culturas de Convivencia y Superdiversidad, y tiene por desafío reflexionar sobre los conflictos de convivencia en torno a la religión musulmana en las sociedades occidentales, ejemplificando el caso de un barrio en Lisboa, Portugal, antes de la visibilidad del Estado Islámico.

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