Everyday Multiculturalism: Transversal Crossings and Working Class Cosmopolitans

  • Amanda Wise


This chapter is based upon a research project entitled ‘Contact Zones’ that explored what I have termed ‘everyday multiculturalism, or ‘multiculturalism from below’.1 The project focused on quotidian modes of intercultural crossing in culturally diverse localities. It aimed to identify points of affinity and disjuncture in order to better understand how, where, and why diverse Australians ‘get along’ or ‘rub along’ (Watson 2006: 2) together (or not) and how they negotiate the ‘accident’ of propinquity in shared multicultural spaces. In this chapter, I argue that there exist certain ‘everyday’ individuals I term ‘transversal enablers’ who employ and facilitate ‘transversal practices’ which, in essence, are forms of exchange and gift relation that foster everyday relationships across cultural difference in multicultural settings.


Moral Economy Gift Exchange Transversal Exchange Gift Economy Country Town 
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