Vol. 23 (2020): Cromohs
Mobilizing Otherness/Alterity Across Time and Space

Introduction: The Social (Re)production of Diversity

Giacomo Orsini
Gent University
Cover image Cromohs 23, 2020, background: Jan Gossaert, Portrait of a Merchant, ca. 1530, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, National Gallery of Art. Open access image
Published March 24, 2021
  • Diversity,
  • Sameness,
  • Exclusion,
  • Inclusion
How to Cite
Orsini, G. (2021). Introduction: The Social (Re)production of Diversity. Cromohs - Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 23, 22-23. https://doi.org/10.36253/cromohs-12723


As a mutual constituent of sameness, otherness defines belonging by demarcating the boundaries of what is similar and acceptable against what is different and, eventually, unacceptable. Mobilized to establish the limits of inclusion and exclusion, otherness transforms over time depending on contextual relations of power. As such, through history, selected groups of people have come to be represented as dangerous ‘others’ – and eventually as a threat for everyone else’s safety and security. Accordingly, while minorities had both to adapt or resist marginalization and exclusion, others concurrently reinforced their political, economic, cultural and social positions of power through their strategic mobilization of alterity.