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.