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Swati Chattopadhyay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679317

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679317.001.0001

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Provincial Cosmopolitanism

Provincial Cosmopolitanism

(p.63) 3 Provincial Cosmopolitanism
Unlearning the City

Swati Chattopadhyay

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter identifies the distinction between cosmopolitanism and provincialism. It explains that cosmopolitanism is typically associated with elite/popular forces whereas provinciality is subalternity. Cosmopolitanism suggests mobility of discrete bodies that are sufficiently abstracted from the particularities of a location. Their social significance resides in their ability to make connections beyond their immediate context, which is to generate new familiarities. Provinciality is about circumscribed bodies and knowledge, characterized by lack of movement and the inability to connect beyond one’s contextual familiarities. The chapter then associated provincial cosmopolitanism as the ability to resignify one’s labor and body, without the desire or the luxury of decontextualizing oneself.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, provincialism, subalternity, contextual familiarities, provincial cosmopolitanism

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