Cosmopolitanism as class project

From David Harvey, Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom, Columbia University Press, 2009, pp. 80–1:

The optimistic cosmopolitanism that became so fashionable following the Cold War, Craig Calhoun points out, not only bore all the marks of its history as “a project of empires, of long-distance trade, and of cities,” it also shaped up as an elite project reflecting “the class consciousness of frequent travelers.” As such, it more and more appeared as “the latest effort to revive liberalism” in an era of neo-liberal capitalism. It is all too easy, concurs Saskia Sassen, “to equate the globalism of the transnational professional and executive class with cosmopolitanism.”

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