J Hous and the Built Environ (2017) 32:621–623 DOI 10.1007/s10901-016-9535-0 BOOK REVIEW Ferruccio Pastore and Irene Ponzo (eds): Inter-group relations and migrant integration in European cities Springer, 2016, €52.99, 216 pp, ISBN: 978-3-319-23095-5 Sara Ozogul Published online: 3 October 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016 Ethnic tensions and conﬂicts are at the forefront of policy concerns. Within many European urban contexts, they are seen as challenges to the successful integration of immigrants. Upon closer inspection, however, one begins to discover considerable variations in the prominence and articulation of ethnic differences—across and within cities. These varia- tions raise important questions about the factors leading to divergent processes of group formation and boundary making at the neighbourhood level. The newly edited volume by Pastore and Ponzo gets to the bottom of this issue and—with an explicit focus on the urban and social contexts of places—draws valuable insights into migrant integration in Euro- pean cities. By providing rich ethnographic accounts of eleven neighbourhoods in ﬁve cities (London, Barcelona, Budapest, Nuremberg and Turin), the book offers a thorough examination of both locally-contingent and external factors inﬂuencing ethnically framed conﬂicts in different locales. Thus, it presents a welcome contribution to the growing ﬁeld of
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