Basic Practices of Conviviality

  • Tilmann HeilEmail author
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


After situating conviviality in open neighbourhood spaces, I discuss negotiation, interaction, and translation in their ethnographic specificity and conceptual interplay: one, negotiating differences and inequalities in open spaces; two, interacting with people who maintain their distinctiveness as a sine qua non for conviviality; and three, translating between languages and cultural practices with the aim of finding or establishing equivalences where possible. As Casamançais migrants make their way in diversifying Catalonia in view of Casamançais cohabitation, the process of conviviality conceptually frames a fragile mode of sociality, in process, and situationally changing. The engagement with Casamançais knowledge and practices in mundane situations that lacked grand openings, conflictual closures, or disastrous outcomes discloses the practices and spaces of conviviality, central to an understanding of contemporary urban socialities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.National Museum (PPGAS), Universidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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