We Need to Talk about Cosmopolitanism:The Challenge of Studying Openness towards Other People

Skey, Michael (2012) We Need to Talk about Cosmopolitanism:The Challenge of Studying Openness towards Other People. Cultural Sociology, 6 (4). pp. 471-487. ISSN 1749-9763

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Abstract

The cosmopolitan has re-emerged as a popular figure within the social sciences, primarily as a means of addressing (the potential for) new forms of experience and sociability in an increasingly mobile and interconnected world. Investigations into practical or everyday cosmopolitanism have been useful in grounding some of the more theoretical of these debates but problems remain in terms of both defining and operationalizing the concept. The first section of the paper briefly addresses some key theoretical debates. In the second section, attention is focused on methodological issues, with regard to both data collection and interpretation. In particular, I suggest a move beyond labelling people and practices as cosmopolitan and, instead, emphasize the contradictory and rhetorical aspects of these engagements, drawing on empirical data. In this way, the temporal, conditional and often fragile aspects of such 'cosmopolitan' practices can be foregrounded.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: banal cosmopolitanism,cosmopolitan,cosmopolitanism,cosmopolitanisms,cosmopolitans,ideological dilemmas,methological,methodology,ordinary cosmopolitanisms,practice,research methods
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Media@uea
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Media@uea

University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2012 09:04
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 03:35
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/39686
DOI: 10.1177/1749975512445434

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