Multicultural conviviality in the midst of racism's ruins

Back, L and Sinha, Shamser (2016) Multicultural conviviality in the midst of racism's ruins. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37 (5). pp. 517-532. ISSN 0725-6868

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This article argues that the idea of multicultural tools is the best way to approach the understanding of conviviality. This argument is made through two discrete steps. The first offers a critical review of how issues of urban life and diversity have been theorised focusing on recent debates about ‘culture loss’ and ‘super-diversity’. The discussion, we suggest, elides historical and present racism, in the making of urban diversity in cities like London. The second step develops the notion of conviviality by identifying the ways in which young adult migrants living in London make convivial worlds emphasising the idea of tools, returning to Ivan Illich’s early formulation, and the capability to make multiculture. The article’s conclusion is that understanding urban multiculture requires equal weight being given to the paradoxical co-existence of both racism and conviviality in city life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: multiculture, racism, conviviality, urban diversity, everyday multiculturalism, migrant youth, migration, London
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 09:03
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2018 09:03

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