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Is London open? Mediating and ordering cosmopolitanism in crisis

Georgiou, Myria (2017) Is London open? Mediating and ordering cosmopolitanism in crisis. International Communication Gazette, 79 (6-7). pp. 636-655. ISSN 1748-0485

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1748048517727175

Abstract

This article analyses cosmopolitan imagination and ambivalent morality at times of urban crisis. It focuses on #LondonIsOpen – the city’s media campaign in response to the nation’s Brexit vote. In this case, cosmopolitanism’s discursive tools – especially the ideals of the Open city and hospitality – are mobilised to summon a range of actors in defence of the city. The article analyses the mediation of cosmopolitanism in a campaign film and in Londoners’ online and offline responses to it. These responses reveal #LondonIsOpen as a compelling example of cosmopolitan imagination, but also of cosmopolitanism’s moral fragility in the neoliberal city. As shown, urban dwellers overwhelmingly embrace the cosmopolitan value of openness. Yet, their visions are divided between neoliberal cosmopolitanism and vernacular cosmopolitanism. By analysing the moral space of mediated cosmopolitanism, I argue that, unlike the nation, representational struggles in the city increasingly take place within, rather than against, cosmopolitanism

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/gaz
Additional Information: © 2017 Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 13:33
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84448

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