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Community and Conviviality? Informal Social Life in Multicultural Places

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posted on 05.06.2018, 15:26 by Sarah Neal, Katy Bennett, Allan Cochrane, Giles Mohan
This article contributes to understandings of the conviviality which has dominated recent sociological approaches to urban multiculture. The article argues for conviviality’s conceptual extension by reference to recent rethinking of community as a profound sociality of ‘being with’ and a culture of urban practice. The article draws from a qualitative dataset examining sustained encounters of cultural difference and the relationships within social leisure organizations in three different English urban geographies. The article explores how the elective coming together of often ethnically diverse others, over time, in places, to do leisure ‘things’ meant these organizations could work as generative spaces of social interaction and shared practice through and in contexts of urban difference. The article concludes that putting conviviality as ‘connective interdependencies’ into dialogue with community as ‘being in common’ develops their sociological and explanatory power and counters the reductions and limitations that are associated with both concepts.

Funding

The project received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (Project reference ES/J007676/1).

History

Citation

Sociology, 2018

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/School of Geography, Geology and the Environment/Human Geography

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Sociology

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US), British Sociological Association

issn

0038-0385

eissn

1469-8684

Acceptance date

01/12/2017

Copyright date

2018

Available date

05/06/2018

Publisher version

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0038038518763518

Language

en