Edited By Anastasia Marinopoulou
The volume is intended to constitute a cosmopolitan project in itself, comprising contributions from scholars with very diverse approaches. Together, these contributions provide a stimulating analysis of what cosmopolitanism can offer to socially and politically diverse twenty-first-century societies.
4. Cosmopolitan Possibilities and Ethnographic Realities in the Workplace: The Case of Struggling Employees in the Mass Media Sector
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4 Cosmopolitan Possibilities and Ethnographic Realities in the Workplace: The Case of Struggling Employees in the Mass Media Sector
Cosmopolitanism is currently being re-invented as a key inclusive notion for making sense of the social and political processes of the second modernity against the background of a receptive, extrovert and messy world. The term as such derives from ancient Greek political philosophy and means ‘citizen of the world’, entailing an intellectual and ethical stance of tolerance and respectfulness of diversity which creates the preconditions for making it possible to imagine a moral community of humanity.1 Rapport claims that it is not until the European Enlightenment of the eighteenth century that the term acquires a more precise meaning close to the Classical Greek notions of the cosmopolitan. Among the most prominent Enlightenment voices was that of Immanuel Kant, who in general terms identified three kinds of right: the republican, the international and the cosmopolitan. He conceived of a world where people would be able to participate in a global legal order of civil coexistence.2 Behind this lies a universalistic principle according to which human beings, being by their nature social entities, have the potential to promote an inclusive perspective where they will be ← 125 | 126 → members of a shared cosmopolitan community. No matter who one is or what one believes in, cosmopolitanism signals a conception of openness and positive belonging to a cosmos, as opposed to closure and exclusion...
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