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Convivial Constellations in Latin America From Colonial to Contemporary Times

Edited By Luciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia, Maya Manzi Copyright 2021
    194 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives on conviviality, this book 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 medieval 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.


    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


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

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

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