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Both 'One' and 'Other': Environmental Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Hybridity in Costa Rica

Johnson, Mark; Clisby, Suzanne

Authors

Mark Johnson

Suzanne Clisby S.M.Clisby@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

Cosmopolitans are frequently characterized as living and perceiving the world and their environment from a distance. Drawing on ethnographic work among a small group of Western migrants in Costa Rica, we complicate this portrayal in a number of ways. First, we demonstrate that these people think in similar kinds of ways as social theorists: they too are worried about living at a distance from place and are seeking what is, in their way of reckoning, a more engaged relationship with their surroundings. Second, however, we explore the social context and corollaries of these migrants' attempts to bring together a putatively "modern/cosmopolitan" way of relating to place and a "traditional/place-based" way of relating to surroundings. Specifically, we demonstrate how migrant claims to transcend the differences between "tradition" and "modernity" create new forms of social exclusion as they, both literally and figuratively, come to claim the place of "the other."

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 31, 2008
Journal NATURE + CULTURE
Print ISSN 1558-6073
Electronic ISSN 1558-5468
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 63 - 81
APA6 Citation Johnson, M., & Clisby, S. (2008). Both 'One' and 'Other': Environmental Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Hybridity in Costa Rica. Nature and Culture, 3(1), 63 - 81. doi:10.3167/nc.2008.030105
DOI https://doi.org/10.3167/nc.2008.030105
Keywords General Social Sciences
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