TITLE

The Cosmopolitan Mediterranean: Myth and Reality

AUTHOR(S)
Haller, Dieter
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Zeitschrift f�r Ethnologie;2004, Vol. 129 Issue 1, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The unity of the Mediterranean as a cultural region has been discussed in anthropology exclusively by means of structural characteristics. The question if "the Mediterranean" means anything at all to our informants has hardly entered the discussion. The focus of this article is threefold: first, the discursive use of the Mediterranean as cosmopolitan, both in the fields of political ideology and local identifications is envisioned. Second, cosmopolitan forms of local social organization are analyzed. It argues that the current boom of the term "Cosmopolitanism" in academia is discussed as stripped off its cultural and social embeddedness. Using the Mediterranean the article shows that as lived identification and social organization, cosmopolitanism is not necessarily opposed to local ways of living.
ACCESSION #
15784883

 

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