ABSTRACT

P. Gilroy’s contribution is significant not because it introduces the concept of conviviality as such, but because he articulates this issue in the context of living in a culturally complex, mobile and global world. A convivialist epistemology places the focus on precisely such mediating instrumentalities. Gilroy productively pointed to the convivial solidarities born of habitual interaction in culturally diverse, working class neighbourhoods as ‘the process of cohabitation and interaction which have made multiculture an ordinary feature of social life’, and Amin focuses on capacities for cooperation. There are also then temporal dimensions of conviviality: the logic of civil attention in sustained relations of engagement at work or in stores is quite different to the logic of civil inattention on street or public transport. Conviviality can thus be carried in the rhythms themselves, bringing a regularity of environment that constitutes the basis of trust relations. The chapter also presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book.