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Ordinary Cosmopolitanism
Ordinary cosmopolitanism

George Clooney's character in Up in the Air (directed by Reitman, 2009) is a story of a businessman who efficiently parachutes into various locations, forever cocooned in a circular world of planes, airports, taxis, hotels and restaurants. His world is predictable and structured, his work routine and efficient, his manners suitably professional and arrogant, and his ability to navigate the world polished to perfection. On surface, this character could be seen as a parody of Kanter's (1995: 22-23) cosmopolitans, the ‘card carrying members of the world class’ who are rich in the ‘three Cs’: concepts, competence and connections. This character is also an aberration of cosmopolitanism as most of us understand it, but it does contain some elements which, in popular parlance ...

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