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Cosmopolitanism : religion and kinship among young people in south-western Sydney

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Turner, Christine HalseChristine Halse, A Sriprakash
Debates about globalization have been accompanied by considerable critical assessment of the notion of cosmopolitanism. The upsurge in travel, trade, communication, and resettlement among non-elite individuals and groups has raised questions about the nature and form of ‘bottom-up’ or ‘vernacular’ cosmopolitanism. This article explores the ways in which the experiences of a group of young people (12–15 years of age) in south-western Sydney contribute to shared practices of membership in a culturally differentiated society. On one level, these young people display a de facto vernacular cosmopolitanism through familial experiences of migration. However, the article shows how these young people often move within socially and culturally bounded communities defined by ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, shaped by desires for safety, support and belonging, and maintained by propinquity, religion and the persistence of traditional expectations and patterns around gender and inter-marriage.

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Journal

Journal of sociology

Season

Online First

Pagination

1 - 18

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Location

London, England

ISSN

1440-7833

eISSN

1741-2978

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, The Australian Sociological Association

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