What does it mean to be cosmopolitan?:An examination of the varying meaningfulness and commensurability of everyday 'cosmopolitan' practices

Skey, Michael (2013) What does it mean to be cosmopolitan?:An examination of the varying meaningfulness and commensurability of everyday 'cosmopolitan' practices. Identities, 20 (3). pp. 235-252. ISSN 1070-289X

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Abstract

The literature on cosmopolitanism has mushroomed in the past decade or more as attempts are made to theorise new patterns of mobility, interactions between previously distant social groups and the emergence of institutions to manage these processes. In this paper, I build on the arguments of those who have emphasised the strategic aspects and temporal dimensions of cosmopolitan expressions and practices, by focusing on the resources and constraints that different actors operate with, or under, and, as a result, the varying commitments they have to different 'others'. Using this type of grounded approach, a number of Illustrative examples from a study of social identities in England are then analysed and used to theorise cosmopolitanism, as a perspective that is periodically articulated, in relation to specific needs, contexts or prompts, rather than being an inherent property of particular individuals, groups or situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmopolitan,cosmopolitanism,globalisation,identity,nationalism,qualitative research,ethnic group,globalization,mobility,qualitative analysis,research,england,united kingdom
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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Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 14:02
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 08:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/45007
DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2013.799476

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