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Dealing with Diversity and Difference in Public: Traces of Casamançais Cohabitation in Catalonia?

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Public spaces like Carrer Rosselló were used in many ways and local residents held different opinions concerning their use. This chapter focuses on the practices of inhabiting and temporarily appropriating public spaces and how this is negotiated. Public spaces 'tell us a great deal about [the] most diffuse forms of social organization'. This is particularly salient in both Casamance and Catalonia since a wide variety of people have access to them. The author conceptualise a space of encounter as convivial space, which is socially constructed in a process of interacting, negotiating, and translating between changing practices and norms. Convivial space emerges from the fragile process of conviviality, living with difference involving both harmonious and conflictual encounters. Casamançais migrants also face cultural and religious diversity in Catalonia. The chapter mainly presents a male perspective, since most of the 18 months of anthropological fieldwork in both Casamance and Catalonia was with men.

Keywords: Carrer Rosselló; Casamançais; Catalonia; convivial space



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