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Transnational Migration and the New Subjects of WorkTransmigrants, Hybrids and Cosmopolitans$
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Banu Özkazanç-Pan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204544

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204544.001.0001

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(p.63) 5 Cosmopolitans
Transnational Migration and the New Subjects of Work

Banu Özkazanç-Pan

Policy Press

As the final chapter expanding upon the new agentic, reflexive subjectivities arising from transnational migration, the focus herein is on cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitans. The first section of the chapter underscores the main tenets of cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitans and thereby offers insights into the various ways this notion has been theorized. This sets the stage for empirical examples of cosmopolitanism in research that takes shape at the intersections of global business, work and difference. These examples challenge the notion of cosmopolitanism as referencing people who have a global mindset and are ‘citizens of everywhere and nowhere’ approaches which dominate cross-cultural management and examinations of difference in a global context. The third section focuses on the ways ‘global nomad’ as a particular example of cosmopolitanism challenges financialized notions of diversity in the context of organizations and neo-liberalism. In concluding this chapter, the final consideration is around the linkage of cosmopolitanism to an ethics of difference that embodies the epistemic, social and material aspects of transnational being and belonging. By addressing these concerns, the chapter offers new directions in relation to the quest for theorizing and accounting for various forms of difference in relation to people and work.

Keywords:   Cosmopolitans, Ethics, Agency, Taste, Difference, Global, Nomad

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