Figures of the cosmopolitan: privileged nationals and national outsider.

Kofman, Eleonore (2005) Figures of the cosmopolitan: privileged nationals and national outsider. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences, 18 (1). pp. 83-97. ISSN 1351-1610

Full text is not in this repository.

Official URL: http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=4&hid=13&si...

This item is available in the Library Catalogue

Abstract

In contemporary European social and political thought, cosmopolitanism is frequently closely linked with the modern cultural citizen, who is open to the variety of global cultures and can participate equally at al levels of society from the local to the global. The cosmopolitan or privileged national moves freely and, from a secure vantage point, is at home anywhere. However what I suggest in this paper is that there is a darker dimension, which is too easily forgotten in the celebratory figures of the cosmopolitan based on unfettered movement and consumption of places. There is another cosmopolitan figure which draws upon an ambiguous historical baggage where the rootless and flexible outsider was treated with suspicion and hostility. In 20th century Europe, cosmopolitanism often epitomised the Jew with divided allegiances and little attachment to the land, and more often at home in the city, unlike indigenous populations. Today the fear of divided loyalties and transnational political participation falls in particular upon Europe's Muslim populations, who must demonstrate that they are not cosmopolitan. Thus what is interpreted positively in the privileged national is deemed to be negative and problematic in the migrant.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:

Ubsequently published in Cosmopolitanism and Europe, edited by Chris Rumford; Liverpool U. P.; 2007. 9781846310461

Research Areas:Law > Social Policy & Administration
ID Code:4440
Useful Links:
Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 10:47
Last Modified:15 Oct 2013 05:54

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Full text downloads (NB count will be zero if no full text documents are attached to the record)

Downloads per month over the past year