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The Diversity of Diversity: Implications of the Form and Process of Localised Urban Systems


  • Sandra Wallman

    (Department of Anthropology, University College London, U.K.)


This paper summarises research into localised urban systems which accounts for variations in styles of diversity within multi-cultural cities. New work builds on previous studies in London and Turin. The first produced an ideal type model of open:closed urban systems and evidence that the former have better capacity to incorporate incomers. The second revealed the need to adapt the model to account also for the process of diversity. This third phase combines ethnography with computer simulations to reveal emergent properties as well as present styles of urban systems, and to rank the variables driving change. The outcome will be a typology for users dealing with migrant settlement and urban regeneration.

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  • Sandra Wallman, 2003. "The Diversity of Diversity: Implications of the Form and Process of Localised Urban Systems," Working Papers 2003.76, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2003.76

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    1. Morgunov, V.I. (Моргунов, В.И.), 2016. "The Liquidity Management of the Banking Sector and the Short-Term Money Market Interest Rates [Управление Ликвидностью Банковского Сектора И Краткосрочной Процентной Ставкой Денежного Рынка]," Working Papers 21311, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

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    Typology of urban systems; Diversity; Relatedness; Process models; Ideal types;

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    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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