Understanding the stranger, it has been argued throughout the book, requires us first to understand the nature of the society upon which the strangeness of the stranger is projected. The tendency to assume that strangers are thrown into relief by the societies in which they are relatively new arrivals is a real weakness in many attempts to understand the stranger. The argument developed here is that under conditions of globalization we need to rethink the nature and dynamics of society, community, and neighbourhood. One outcome of this rethink is that inside/outside markers are revealed to have been eroded and, more importantly perhaps, indicators of ‘we-ness’ are no longer reliable. Indeed the edges of society are increasingly blurred. Even on this basis the stranger still exists and this book has focused on one particular contemporary expression of strangerhood: the cosmopolitan stranger.
KeywordsPower Relation Open Book Cultural Globalization Global Consciousness Mystery Shopper
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