Conviviality at the Crossroads

The Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters

by Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi

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Book Description

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.

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Book Details

Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2020
Pages
293
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030289782
ISBN10
3030289788
ISBN13 Digital
9783030289799
ISBN10 Digital
3030289796
PDF Size
4.0 MB
License
CC BY

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