Convivialities: possibility and ambivalence in urban multicultures

Amanda Wise (Editor), Greg Noble (Editor)

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages115
ISBN (Print)9781138503991
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Intercultural Studies, volume 37, issue 5 (October 2016).


  • Everyday Multiculturalism
  • Racism
  • Conviviality


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