Mobility and Aesthetico-Cultural Cosmopolitanism

  • Vincenzo Cicchelli
  • Sylvie Octobre
Part of the Consumption and Public Life book series (CUCO)


The globalization of cultural consumption is inseparable from the growing emphasis placed on the value of mobility: the mobility of cultural products and imaginaries, but also the mobility of individuals and populations as a whole, of entire societies grappling with powerful translational processes that attempt to eliminate their borders. This chapter reveals multiple and contrasting links between aesthetico-cultural cosmopolitanism and a sense of belonging, and real or imagined forms of mobility. Perhaps surprisingly, aspirations to mobility appear to have a greater impact than actual experiences of mobility on one’s degree of openness to alterity through aesthetico-cultural cosmopolitanism. Finally, a sense of national belonging is, in fact, the most favourable to openness, while sub-national affiliations at the local level make openness more difficult.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Cicchelli
    • 1
  • Sylvie Octobre
    • 1
  1. 1.GEMASSCNRS/University of Paris-SorbonneParisFrance

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