Drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives on conviviality, this book considers the ways in which Latin America, a continent marked by deep inequalities, has managed to afford, create, sustain, and contest forms of living together with difference across time and space. Interdisciplinary in approach and presenting studies from various nations across the continent – from the medieval period to the present day – it considers the ways in which Latin America might contribute to our understanding of the relationship between inequality, difference, diversity, and sociability. As such, it will appeal to scholars of history, sociology, geography, anthropology, development studies, postcolonial and social theory with interests in Latin American studies, and in the contingencies and contradictions of living together in profoundly unequal societies.

chapter |7 pages


ByLuciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia, Maya Manzi

part One|60 pages

Convivial bonds

chapter 1|15 pages

The neglected nexus between conviviality and inequality

BySérgio Costa

chapter 3|15 pages

Railways and conviviality

The fringes of progress in Minas Gerais, 1841–1930
ByLuciane Scarato

chapter 4|15 pages

In search of conviviality in Latin American cities

An essay from urban anthropology
ByRamiro Segura

part Two|43 pages

Conviviality between norm and praxis

chapter 5|14 pages

Imperial conviviality

Producing difference in the TransAtlantic Iberian world
ByKaren Graubart

chapter 6|14 pages

Mestizaje and conviviality in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico

ByPeter Wade

part Three|64 pages

Contested conviviality

chapter 8|15 pages

Conviviality on the brink

Blackness, Africanness and marginality in Rio de Janeiro
ByTilmann Heil

chapter 9|13 pages

Routine violence and the limits of conviviality in a colonial society

ByFelipe Castro Gutiérrez

chapter 10|15 pages

Fighting against or coexisting with drought?

Conviviality, inequality, and peasant mobility in Northeast Brazil
ByMaya Manzi

chapter 11|15 pages

Epistemologies for conviviality, or zumbification

ByFernando Baldraia

chapter |4 pages

Final reflections

ByLuciane Scarato, Fernando Baldraia, Maya Manzi