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Cosmoscapes and the promotion of uncosmopolitan values

Kendall, Gavin, Skrbis, Zlatko, & Woodward, Ian (2008) Cosmoscapes and the promotion of uncosmopolitan values. In Majoribanks, T, Barraket, J, Chang, J, Dawson, A, Guillemin, M, Henry-Waring, M, et al. (Eds.) Reimagining Sociology, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA), Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Globality generates increasingly diffuse networks of human and non-human innovators, carriers and icons of exotic, polyethnic cosmopolitan difference; and this diffusion is increasingly hard to ignore or police (Latour 1993). In fact, such global networks of material-symbolic exchange can frequently have the unintended consequence of promoting status systems and cultural relationships founded on uncosmopolitan values such as cultural appropriation and status-based social exclusion. Moreover, this materialsymbolic engagement with cosmopolitan difference could also be rather mundane, engaged in routinely without any great reflexive consciousness or capacity to destabilise current relations of cultural power, or interpreted unproblematically as just one component of a person’s social environment. Indeed, Beck’s (2006) argument is that cosmopolitanism, in an age of global risk, is being forced upon us unwillingly, so there should be no surprise if it is a bitter pill for some to swallow. Within these emergent cosmopolitan networks, which we call ‘cosmoscapes’, there is no certainty about the development of ethical or behavioural stances consistent with claims foundational to the current literature on cosmopolitanism. Reviewing historical and contemporary studies of globality and its dynamic generative capacity, this paper considers such literatures in the context of studies of cultural consumption and social status. When one positions these diverse bodies of literature against one another, it becomes clear that the possibility of widespread cosmopolitan cultural formations is largely unpromising.

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ID Code: 30604
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Cosmopolitanism, ethics, elites, interconnectedness, globalisation
ISBN: 978-0-7340-3984-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 22:40
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 11:53

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