We live in a time of rising anti-immigrant fervour and attacks on multiculturalism. As Stuart Hall argued over twenty years ago, the capacity to live with difference is the pressing issue of our time. This is true perhaps now more than ever.
This collection takes a critical look at the ‘conviviality turn’ in our understanding of coexistence and urban multiculture. Drawing on case studies out of the UK, Europe, Australia and Canada, contributors to this collection explore the practices and dispositions of everyday people who negotiate a ‘shared life’ in their culturally diverse neighbourhoods and communities, and the complexities and ambivalences that make up ‘living together’. Chapters focus on spaces of encounter, navigations of friendship and humour across difference, and the networks of hope and care that exist alongside experiences of racism. A theme of the book is that we live neither in a world where convivial multiculture has been accomplished nor one where it has been lost: it is, as it must be, a work in progress.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Introduction: Convivialities: An Orientation
Amanda Wise and Greg Noble
1. Unpacking Intercultural Conviviality in Multiethnic Commercial Streets
2. Settling in a Super-Diverse Context: Recent Migrants’ Experiences of Conviviality
3. Extended Encounters in Primary School Worlds: Shared Social Resource, Connective Spaces and Sustained Conviviality in Socially and Ethnically Complex Urban Geographies
Sarah Neal, Carol Vincent and Humera Iqbal
4. Convivial Labour and the ‘Joking Relationship’: Humour and Everyday Multiculturalism at Work
5. Rethinking Youth Conviviality: The Possibilities of Intercultural Friendship Beyond Contact and Encounter
6. Multicultural Conviviality in the Midst of Racism’s Ruins
Les Back and Shamser Sinha