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Conviviality at the Crossroads

The Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Revives Ivan Illich’s 1973 lens of conviviality, placing it in concert with Paul Gilroy’s 2004 definition of cosmopolitanism and Cohen and Toninato’s 2010 concept of creolization

  • Provides a useful alternative to binary theoretical and practical thinking both within and beyond academia, with relevance for policy implementations

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Conviviality Vis-à-Vis Cosmopolitanism and Creolisation: Probing the Concepts

    • Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Creolisation as a Recipe for Conviviality

    • Thomas Hylland Eriksen
    Pages 43-63Open Access
  4. Cosmopolitanism as Utopia

    • Rebecka Lettevall
    Pages 89-103Open Access
  5. Post-2015 Refugees Welcome Initiatives in Sweden: Cosmopolitan Underpinnings

    • Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Fanny Mäkelä
    Pages 165-188Open Access
  6. The Bridge: Redux—The Breakdown of Normative Conviviality

    • Per-Markku Ristilammi
    Pages 189-201Open Access
  7. Footballers and Conductors: Between Reclusiveness and Conviviality

    • Anders Høg Hansen
    Pages 227-245Open Access
  8. Impurity and Danger: Excerpt from Cape Calypso

    • Oscar Hemer
    Pages 247-265Open 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


'The rise of ultranationalism and racial hatred will not be halted without alternative conceptions of interconnected belonging and mutuality. This exhilarating mix of creative insights and astute commentaries is a massive contribution to the development of that urgently needed vocabulary.'
Paul Gilroy, Professor of Humanities and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Race and Racism, University College London, UK

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Culture and Society, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

    Oscar Hemer

  • Faculty of Culture and Society, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

    Maja Povrzanović Frykman

  • Faculty of Culture and Society, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

    Per-Markku Ristilammi

About the editors

Oscar Hemer is Professor of Journalistic and Literary Creation at Malmö University, Sweden. His latest publications include the novel Misiones (2014), the co-edited collection In the Aftermath of Gezi: From Social Movement to Social Change? (2017) and the forthcoming book Contaminations and Ethnographic Fictions: Southern Crossings.

Maja Povrzanović Frykman is Professor of Ethnology at Malmö University, Sweden. Her recent publications include Sensitive Objects: Affect and Material Culture (2016), Migration, Transnationalism and Development in South-East Europe and the Black Sea Region (2017) and a Swedish-language monograph on on highly skilled migrants in Sweden (2018).

Per-Markku Ristilammi is Professor of Ethnology in the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University, Sweden. His research focuses on the construction of alterity in urban environments, and he has also been engaged in several research projects concerning identity and integration in the transnational Öresund region.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Conviviality at the Crossroads

  • Book Subtitle: The Poetics and Politics of Everyday Encounters

  • Editors: Oscar Hemer, Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Per-Markku Ristilammi

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-28978-2Published: 06 December 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-28981-2Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-28979-9Published: 25 November 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 290

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sociocultural Anthropology, Ethnography, Ethnology, Political Sociology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)