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“I’m a Citizen of the World”: Cosmopolitanism and Identity Work in the Telling of Migration Stories

  • Peter Holley
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Part of the Europe in a Global Context book series (EGC)

Abstract

There are countless competing definitions of globalization, but in its simplest sense we can understand it as the “widening, deepening and speeding up of global interconnectedness” (Held et al. 1999: 2). Although the intensified worldwide ties associated with globalization are often primarily considered from an economic standpoint (see, for example, Castells 1996; McMichael 2017), they can also be understood from social and political perspectives in which “events, decisions, and activities in one part of the world come to have significant consequences for individuals and communities in quite distant parts of the globe” (McGrew 1992: 23). In this understanding, globalization has brought about a massive transformation in social and political relations and has impacted the ways in which we think about a variety of phenomena from nation-states, citizenship and borders to capitalism, the environment consumption and the ways we communicate (Delanty 2009). Indeed, as Delanty (2009: 1) notes, “virtually the entire span of human experience is in one way or the other influenced by globalization.” To this regard, human migration and globalization are often seen as phenomena that go hand in hand.

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  • Peter Holley
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  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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