Lithman, Yngve G. Books

Dr. Yngve Lithman is the Head of Research Centre on International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) at the University of Bergen. He is also Professor of Sociology at the same university. He has worked at several universities in Sweden and Canada. Dr. Lithman has written extensively about Canadian First Nations (Indians), post-war migration in Europe, second-generation issues, sports, and epistemological issues.

Changing the Basis of Citizenship in the Modern State:
2005 0-7734-6025-X
How is citizenship and co-existence in diverse societies possible? This book endeavors to demonstrate that the links between belongings and memberships should be a central consideration in any attempt to answer this crucial question. Citizenship, understood as a form of membership, does not always seem to overlap with the existing forms of belonging. To provide a solid interdisciplinary basis for theorizing the links between belongings and memberships in contexts of diversity, this volume brings together the conceptual and methodological tools of political theory, social theory, history, political science, and sociology. In this book, scholars with unique competencies share their knowledge on the topic and provide novel angles for thinking about citizenship and co-existence in diverse societies.


What Happens When a Society is Diverse?
2006 0-7734-5877-8
With its interdisciplinary and multi-paradigmatic approach, this book aims to bring our thinking about diversity one step further towards making coexistence and politics in diverse societies possible. Diversification in our societies takes place on at least three levels. On the societal level, one can speak of a multitude of cultural/social groups. On the group level, the multitude and intersectionality of individual belongings comes to the fore. On the individual level, the mobility of individuals’ minds between different references of identification becomes a crucial element in theorizing the diverse society. What happens in society, politics, and communicative public spaces when the society is diverse in these terms?

Much of the recent intellectual and policy work has not been able to comply with societies that are increasingly diverse and groups/individuals whose relations with political institutions are becoming more complex than ever. By focusing on social groups and individuals with multidimensional and shifting identities, which are structured along the intersections of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, ideology, physical disability, generation, mobility and migrancy, this volume aims to increase the understanding of the complex relations in diverse societies between humans, social groups, and political institutions. The different chapters of the book bring into focus an array of experiences with diversity and, taken together, they contribute to an understanding of the complex realities of living in diversity.

To provide a solid interdisciplinary basis for theorizing diversity, the book brings together the conceptual and methodological tools of political theory, social theory, history, political science, sociology and social anthropology. In this book, scholars with unique competencies share their knowledge on the topic and provide novel angles for thinking about coexistence and politics in diverse societies.