Impediments to cosmopolitan engagement: technology and late-modern cosmopolitanism

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Title Impediments to cosmopolitan engagement: technology and late-modern cosmopolitanism
Author Kendall, Gavin; Woodward, Ian Stuart; Skrbis, Zlatko
Publication Title TASA 2005 Conference, Community, Place, Change
Editor Julian, R., Rottier, R., and White, R.
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Hobart, Tasmania
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Abstract What characterises late modern variety of cosmopolitanism from its classical predecessors is the inherent connection between cosmopolitanism and technology. Technology enables a vital dimension of the cosmopolitan experience – to move beyond the cosmopolitan imagination to enable active, direct engagement with other cultures. Different types of technologies contribute to cosmopolitan practice but in this paper we focus on a specific set of these enabling technologies: technologies which play a crucial role in regulating the free movement of people and populations. We briefly examine how three of the great surveillance states of the 20th century – Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and the German Democratic Republic – used hightech solutions in pursuing an anti-cosmopolitanism. We suggest that in the period from 2001 to the present, important elements of the cosmopolitan ethos are being closed down, and once again high-tech is intimately connected to this moment. The increasing (and proposed) use of identity cards, biometric identification systems, ITS and GIS all work to make the globalised world much harder to traverse and inhibit the full expression and experience of cosmopolitanism. The result of these trends may be that the type of cosmopolitan sentiment exhibited in western countries is an ersatz, emptied out variety with little political-ethical robustness.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2005. For information about this conference please refer to TASA website or contact the authors. The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.
ISBN 0-9598460-5-0
Conference name The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference
Location Hobart, Tasmania
Date From 2005-12-05
Date To 2005-12-12
Date Accessioned 2006-03-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Social Theory
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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