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More cosmopolitan, no less local: The orientations of international travellers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
2009 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 11, no 1, 25-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

International business travellers are sometimes described as a cosmopolitan elite, with a strong international orientation but a low preference for local involvement and local obligations. This article uses Swedish survey data to investigate these claims, by comparing the orientations of persons who frequently travel abroad at work with the orientations of other workers. Frequent international travellers generally have more cosmopolitan orientations than others, but the local ties are not significantly weaker among frequent travellers than among occasional travellers or non-travellers. In some respects, notably social networks and associational activities, international travellers tend in fact to be more involved than non-travellers in all the four examined spheres - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Concerns among social theorists that highly mobile, locally disconnected elites are undermining social cohesion may therefore be exaggerated. Theoretically, the study suggests that localism and cosmopolitanism should not be treated as necessarily opposite and mutually exclusive phenomena, but that mobility in various forms may be used to combine local and cosmopolitan resources.

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2009. Vol. 11, no 1, 25-47 p.
Keyword [en]
Belonging, Cosmopolitanism, Localism, Orientations, Sweden, Work-related travel
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-105120DOI: 10.1080/14616690802209689ISI: 000265629100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-105120DiVA: diva2:220528
Available from: 2009-06-01 Created: 2009-06-01 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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