Houses on wheels: national attachment, belonging and cosmopolitanism in narratives of transnational professionals
Type : Article
Publication Status : published
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This article contributes to discussions on the relationship between national attachments and cosmopolitanization by unpacking the meanings of national attachments and post-national identifications in the case of transnational professionals, focusing on narratives of professionals embedded in transnational business networks in two locations; Istanbul and New York City. Using in-depth interviews, the article argues that in the case of transnational professionals one can talk about ‘rooted’ cosmopolitanism in two senses: first, underlining the continuing role of national attachments as roots; and second, pointing to a process in which the post-national identity is derived from specific experiences in multiple locations, grounding the respondents in their fluid lives. It is through mobility that the respondents develop a sense of belonging – not in spite of it.
Source : Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Date : 2015-04
Volume : 15
Issue : 1
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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