Conviviality in everyday multiculturalism: some brief comparisons between Singapore and Sydney

Amanda Wise*, Selvaraj Velayutham

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This article considers the question of conviviality in everyday multiculturalism. It elaborates the concept of 'convivial multiculture' through case studies from Sydney and Singapore. In comparing these two contexts, the article considers what underpins conviviality across three themes: spatial ordering, where consideration is given to the role of built environment and material furnishings of place in shaping encounters with difference; connecting and bridging work, where we discuss the concept of 'transversal enablers', and intercultural gift exchange; and intercultural habitus, where disposition, habit and linguistic accommodation are discussed. It closes with some reflection upon larger forces that mediate local encounters, and the necessity to consider the full range of interactions, patterns, behaviours and meanings at work, and the interconnection between 'happy' and 'hard' forms of coexistence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-430
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • Australia
  • Singapore
  • conviviality
  • cross-cultural encounters
  • diversity
  • everyday multiculturalism
  • habitus
  • inter-ethnic relations
  • social cohesion
  • space and place


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