Comparing Conviviality

Living with Difference in Casamance and Catalonia

  • Tilmann Heil

Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tilmann Heil
      Pages 3-50
  3. Observing Conviviality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Tilmann Heil
      Pages 111-150
    3. Tilmann Heil
      Pages 151-192
  4. Challenging Conviviality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Tilmann Heil
      Pages 195-231
    3. Tilmann Heil
      Pages 233-269
  5. Revisiting Conviviality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Tilmann Heil
      Pages 273-314
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-349

About this book


In a world where difference is often seen as a threat or challenge, Comparing Conviviality explores how people actually live in diverse societies. Based on a long-term ethnography of West Africans in both Senegal and Spain, this book proposes that conviviality is a commitment to difference, across ethnicities, languages, religions, and practices.

Heil brings together longstanding histories, political projects, and everyday practices of living with difference. With a focus on neighbourhood life in Casamance, Senegal, and Catalonia, Spain - two equally complex regions - Comparing Conviviality depicts how Senegalese people skillfully negotiate and translate the intricacies of difference and power. In these lived African and European worlds, conviviality is ever temporary and changing. 

This book offers a textured, realist, yet hopeful understanding of difference, social change, power, and respect. It will be invaluable to students and scholars of African, migration, and diversity studies across anthropology, sociology, geography, political sciences, and law. 


cultural diversity multiculturalism diversity homogenisation Southern Europe West Africa Spain Senegal everyday life ethnography

Authors and affiliations

  • Tilmann Heil
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-34716-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-34717-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-2580
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-2599
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