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Convivial Constellations in Latin America

From Colonial to Contemporary Times, 1st Edition

Edited by Luciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia, Maya Manzi


208 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives on conviviality, this volume considers the ways in which Latin America, a continent marked by deep inequalities, has managed to afford, create, sustain, and contest forms of living together with difference across time and space. Interdisciplinary in approach and presenting studies from various nations across the continent - from the Mediaeval period to the present day - it considers the ways in which Latin America might contribute to our understanding of the relationship between inequality, difference, diversity, and sociability. As such, it will appeal to scholars of history, sociology, geography, anthropology, development studies, postcolonial and social theory with interests in Latin American studies, and in the contingencies and contradictions of living together in profoundly unequal societies.

Table of Contents


Luciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia and Maya Manzi

Part 1: Convivial Bonds

1. The Neglected Nexus between Conviviality and Inequality

Sérgio Costa

2. Political Conviviality and the Role of Opposition and Opponents in Late Twentieth-Century Latin American Political Discourse

Osvaldo Barreneche

3. Railways and Conviviality: The Fringes of Progress in Minas Gerais, 1841-1930

Luciane Scarato

4. In Search of Conviviality in Latin American Cities: An Essay from Urban Anthropology

Ramiro Segura

Part 2: Conviviality Between Norm And Praxis

5. Imperial Conviviality: Producing Difference in the TransAtlantic Iberian World

Karen Graubart

6. Mestizaje and Conviviality in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

Peter Wade

7. Syncretism and Pluralism in the Configuration of Religious Diversity in Brazil

Paula Montero

Part 3: Contested Conviviality

8. Conviviality on the Brink: Blackness, Africanness and Marginality in Rio de Janeiro

Tilmann Heil

9. Routine Violence and the Limits of Conviviality in a Colonial Society

Felipe Castro Gutiérrez

10. Fighting Against or Coexisting with Drought? Conviviality, Inequality and Peasant Mobility in Northeast Brazil

Maya Manzi

11. Epistemologies for Conviviality, or Zumbification

Fernando Baldraia

Final Considerations

Luciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia and Maya Manzi

About the Editors

Luciane Scarato is a postdoctoral researcher at Mecila, São Paulo, Brazil and at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Fernando Baldraia is a postdoctoral researcher at Mecila, São Paulo, Brazil and at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Maya Manzi is a postdoctoral researcher at Mecila, São Paulo, Brazil and the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Germany.

About the Series

Entangled Inequalities: Exploring Global Asymmetries

Entangled Inequalities: Exploring Global Asymmetries
Departing from classical approaches to the study of social inequalities between individuals and social classes within particular national settings, this series emphasises the production and reproduction of inequalities across borders, as well as the multiplicity of categories - whether ’race’, ’sex’ or ’nationality’ amongst others - according to which contemporary inequalities are shaped. Entangled Inequalities: Exploring Global Asymmetries constitutes a forum and a catalyst for discussing recent advancements in inequality research from a transnational, global and intersectional perspective, highlighting the fact that social inequalities are always the product of both global interpenetrations and of complex intersections between different social categorisations. The series therefore welcomes monographs and edited volumes across the social sciences that deal with inequalities from an ’entangled’ perspective - with an intersectional or a transnational focus, or both.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General