Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi
    Pages 1-14 Open Access
  3. Thomas Hylland Eriksen
    Pages 43-63 Open Access
  4. Rebecka Lettevall
    Pages 89-103 Open Access
  5. Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Fanny Mäkelä
    Pages 165-188 Open Access
  6. Per-Markku Ristilammi
    Pages 189-201 Open Access
  7. Anders Høg Hansen
    Pages 227-245 Open Access
  8. Oscar Hemer
    Pages 247-265 Open Access
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 285-290

About this book


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.


communication migration social change cultural practice cosmopolitanism creolization migrant crisis Europe South Africa Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Oscar Hemer
    • 1
  • Maja Povrzanović Frykman
    • 2
  • Per-Markku Ristilammi
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Culture and Society, School of Arts and CommunicationMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  2. 2.Faculty of Culture and Society, Department of Global Political StudiesMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  3. 3.Faculty of Culture and Society, Department of Urban StudiesMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-28978-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-28979-9
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