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Cosmopolitanism Sits in Places: Consumption and Cosmopolitics in Latin America

David Thompson
  • University of Sydney
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Published Online: 2015-05-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2012-0027

Abstract

Abstract.

Renewed interest in cosmopolitanism has spread across the humanities and social sciences in recent decades. However, this growth has also carried many of the values underpinning cosmopolitanism as a Kantian ideal, including a denigration of consumption and material relations in favour of a putatively social core. In this article, however, I argue that cosmopolitanism is lived through the relations and politics of materiality and consumerism. Through an investigation of ethnographies of urban poverty in Latin America, cosmopolitanism emerges as a diverse, locally instantiated ideology and identity which diverges from many of the debates circulating in sites of academia. With an emphasis on marginalised communities, I reconsider cosmopolitanism as a series of material identities and relationships that develop within the context of economic and social inequality in both local and global scales.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; consumption; material culture; space; Latin America

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Published Online: 2015-05-06

Published in Print: 2012-10-01


Citation Information: International Review of Social Research, ISSN (Online) 2069-8534, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/irsr-2012-0027.

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