Mobility and Cosmopolitanism: Complicating the interaction between aspiration and practice

1st Edition

Vered Amit, Pauline Gardiner Barber

Published January 8, 2019
Reference - 96 Pages
ISBN 9780367030018 - CAT# K405396

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In academic descriptions of cosmopolitanism, one particularly important distinction often recurs. Specifically, scholars have been concerned to distinguish between cosmopolitanism as a set of mundane practices and/or competences on the one hand and cosmopolitanism as a cultivated form of consciousness or moral aspiration on the other. For anthropologists whose ethnographic studies reveal many different expressions of cosmopolitanism, this distinction between aspiration and practice can often be quite ambiguous. This book therefore brings together five contributions from anthropologists who are reporting on encounters and aspirations that reveal different forms of spatial mobility, scales of commitment or risk, and are often transient, ambivalent and precarious. These are circumstances in which cosmopolitanism emerges as uneven and partial rather than as a comprehensive or unequivocal transformation of practice and outlook.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.


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