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Tracing Convivality: Identifying Questions, Tensions and Tools in the Study of Living with Difference

Samanani, Farhan; (2022) Tracing Convivality: Identifying Questions, Tensions and Tools in the Study of Living with Difference. Journal of Intercultural Studies , 43 (2) pp. 176-193. 10.1080/07256868.2022.2041578. Green open access

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Abstract

The concept of ‘convivality’ has come to dominate studies of everyday life in diverse places. This article starts from an understanding that our concepts inescapably direct our empirical gaze in particular ways. Surveying a diverse literature, I look at the different ways in which convivality has been conceptualised, and trace tensions between these different approaches. I show how this diversity of approaches and these tensions direct attention in particular ways and so lead to a number of lingering questions or empirical blind spots in the existing literature. Drawing on my own ethnography, in the London neighbourhood of Kilburn, I illustrate some of these challenges and outline methodological approaches which might help overcome them. In particular I unpack approaches which might support a deeper engagement with questions of structure and social change, care and incommensurability, and categorisation, cognition and context, which have received insufficient attention in the literature on everyday diversity, to date. Rather than making a case for or against the utility of the concept of ‘convivality’, I argue that the necessary first step is to extend our empirical understanding to better cover these blind spots, and then to weigh our conceptual apparatus up accordingly.

Type: Article
Title: Tracing Convivality: Identifying Questions, Tensions and Tools in the Study of Living with Difference
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2022.2041578
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2022.2041578
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Convivality, ethnogrpahy, structure, care, London, categorisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10163725
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