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Keywords:

  • globalization;
  • media;
  • travel;
  • elites;
  • interdisciplinarity

The recent growth of interest in cosmopolitan studies in a range of disciplines is linked to globalisation generally, and not least to the end of the Cold War. A large part of the anthropological contribution to this emerging body of research has been devoted to ethnographies of ‘vernacular cosmopolitanism’, and thus to demonstrating that cosmopolitan orientations and competences have been more widespread in the world than has been conventionally assumed. The field of cosmopolitan studies has tended, however, to be segmented along disciplinary lines. These comments conclude by drawing attention to the growth of cosmopolitanism by way of the media, and its complexity and contradictions.