I-Witnessing; Reflections on Cosmopolitanism in Kigali

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dc.contributor.author Yerbury, H
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:35:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2011, 3 (3), pp. 140 - 161
dc.identifier.issn 1837-5391
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18976
dc.description.abstract Starting from the classic view of cosmopolitanism, this paper uses personal experiences gained during a six-week stay in Rwanda with a family affected by the genocide to explore the disjuncts which emerge in trying to understand the concept. In this process of exploration, it considers conceptions of the guest, the stranger and what Geertz terms the `cosmopolite. Taking a reflexive position, it explores what it means to be a witness to events in someone elses life, with a focus on post-genocide reconciliation that took place in the family in January and February 2011. In this context, it introduces the notions of cosmopolitan curiosity (Appiah) and cosmopolitan tolerance (Beck) and finds each of them affected by structural imbalances which render them potentially inadequate in practice. The paper concludes that, from a reflexive point of view, an understanding of cosmopolitanism is a work in progress, and that it is much more difficult to sustain as a lived reality than it is as an abstraction.
dc.publisher UTS ePress
dc.subject cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitan curiosity, Rwanda
dc.subject cosmopolitanism; cosmopolitan curiosity; Rwanda
dc.title I-Witnessing; Reflections on Cosmopolitanism in Kigali
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 140 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 161 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.Faculty of Business en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1608 Sociology
dc.personcode 826503 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords cosmopolitanism; cosmopolitan curiosity; Rwanda en_US
dc.description.keywords cosmopolitanism
dc.description.keywords cosmopolitan curiosity
dc.description.keywords Rwanda
dc.staffid en_US
dc.staffid 826503 en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business

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