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Grenzüberschreitungen. Eine biographische Annäherung

Author(s): Paloma Gay y Blasco

Journal: Behemoth : a Journal on Civilisation
ISSN 1866-2447

Volume: 04;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: antiheroic cosmopolitanism | gender | life-history | subjectivity | Gypsies/Roma Antiheroischer Kosmopolitanismus | Gender | Lebensgeschichte | Subjektivität | Zigeuner/Roma

In this paper I concentrate on cosmopolitanism’s ‚protean quality’ (Hannerz), its elusiveness andflexibility both as analytical tool and as experience. I explore the life of Agata Gonzáles, a Gitano(Gypsy/Roma) woman from Madrid, tracing the emergence of a cosmospolitan subjectivity. In thisethnographic context, cosmopolitanism appears and disappears from view; changes in character,intensity and effect; and is at some times an ideal, even a day-dream, and at others an unavoidableand fully practical way of dealing with the world. The paper demonstrates the potential fragility ofborder-crossing orientations and argues the need to acknowledge the anti-heroic qualities of emergentcosmopolitan subjectivities.
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