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Conviviality at the Crossroads

The Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters

Editors: Hemer, Oscar, Povrzanović Frykman, Maja, Ristilammi, Per-Markku (Eds.)

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  • Revives Ivan Illich’s 1973 lens of conviviality, placing it in concert with Paul Gilroy’s 2004 definition of cosmopolitanism and Cohen and Toninato’s 2010 concept of creolization
  • Provides a useful alternative to binary theoretical and practical thinking both within and beyond academia, with relevance for policy implementations
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Conviviality has lately become a catchword not only in academia but also among political activists. This open access book discusses conviviality in relation to the adjoining concepts cosmopolitanism and creolisation. The urgency of today’s global predicament is not only an argument for the revival of all three concepts, but also a reason to bring them into dialogue. Ivan Illich envisioned a post-industrial convivial society of ‘autonomous individuals and primary groups’ (Illich 1973), which resembles present-day manifestations of ‘convivialism’. Paul Gilroy refashioned conviviality as a substitute for cosmopolitanism, denoting an ability to be ‘at ease’ in contexts of diversity (Gilroy 2004). Rather than replacing one concept with the other, the fourteen contributors to this book seek to explore the interconnections – commonalities and differences – between them, suggesting that creolisation is a necessary complement to the already-intertwined concepts of conviviality and cosmopolitanism. Although this volume takes northern Europe as its focus, the contributors take care to put each situation in historical and global contexts in the interests of moving beyond the binary thinking that prevails in terms of methodologies, analytical concepts, and political implementations.

About the authors

Oscar Hemer is Professor of Journalistic and Literary Creation at Malmö University, Sweden. His latest publications include the novel Misiones (2014), the co-edited collection In the Aftermath of Gezi: From Social Movement to Social Change? (2017) and the forthcoming book Contaminations and Ethnographic Fictions: Southern Crossings.

Maja Povrzanović Frykman is Professor of Ethnology at Malmö University, Sweden. Her recent publications include Sensitive Objects: Affect and Material Culture (2016), Migration, Transnationalism and Development in South-East Europe and the Black Sea Region (2017) and a Swedish-language monograph on on highly skilled migrants in Sweden (2018).

Per-Markku Ristilammi is Professor of Ethnology in the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University, Sweden. His research focuses on the construction of alterity in urban environments, and he has also been engaged in several research projects concerning identity and integration in the transnational Öresund region.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conviviality at the Crossroads
Book Subtitle
The Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters
Editors
  • Oscar Hemer
  • Maja Povrzanović Frykman
  • Per-Markku Ristilammi
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28979-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28979-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28978-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 270
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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