Cultural uniqueness and aesthetic cosmopolitanism

Motti Regev

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Aesthetic cosmopolitanism is conceptualized here as a cultural condition in which late modern ethno-national cultural uniqueness is associated with contemporary cultural forms like film and pop-rock music, and as such it is produced from within the national framework. The social production of aesthetic cosmopolitanism is analyzed through elaborations on Bourdieu's field theory, as an outcome of the intersection of and interplay between global fields of art and fields of national culture. A sociological explanation for the emergence of aesthetic cosmopolitanism is proposed. It focuses on claims by social sectors within national contexts for status and recognition of their own contemporary cultural uniqueness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-138
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Culture
  • Film
  • Nationalism
  • Pop-rock


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