Attitudes towards globalization and cosmopolitanism : cultural diversity, personal consumption and the national economy

Woodward, Ian, Skrbis, Zlatko, & Bean, Clive S. (2008) Attitudes towards globalization and cosmopolitanism : cultural diversity, personal consumption and the national economy. British Journal of Sociology, 59(2), pp. 207-226.

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One of the widely accepted consequences of globalization is the development of individual outlooks, behaviours and feelings that transcend local and national boundaries. This has encouraged a re-assessment of important assumptions about the nature of community, personal attachment and belonging in the face of unprecedented opportunities for culture, identities and politics to shape, and be shaped by, global events and processes. Recently, the upsurge of interest in the concept of cosmopolitanism has provided a promising new framework for understanding the nexus between cosmopolitan dispositions and global interconnectedness across cultural, political and economic realms. Using data from a representative social survey of Australians this paper investigates the negotiation of belonging under the conditions of globalization. The data tap into attitudes and behaviours associated with a broad gamut of cosmopolitan traits in the domains of culture, consumption, human rights, citizenship, and international governance. They show how cosmopolitan outlooks are shaped by social structural factors, and how forms of identification with humanity and the globe are fractured by boundaries of self and others, threats and opportunities, and the value of things global and local.

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ID Code: 17786
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, Globalisation, Cultural openness
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.00190.x
ISSN: 0007-1315
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2009 22:08
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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