Type
Article
Titre
Globalizing forms of elite sociability: varieties of cosmopolitanism in Paris social clubs
Dans
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Auteur(s)
COUSIN Bruno - (Auteur)
CHAUVIN Sébastien - Universiteit van Amsterdam (Auteur)
Éditeur
GB : Routledge
Volume
37
Numéro
12
Pages
2209 - 2225 p.
ISSN
01419870
Résumé
EN
This article examines the cultivation of transnational connections, cosmopolitanism and global class consciousness among members of elite social clubs in Paris. Drawing from interviews with members, it compares how – according to their respective characteristics – various social clubs promote different kinds of bourgeois cosmopolitanism, while rejecting the more recent internationalism of upper-middle-class service clubs such as the Rotary. Each club’s peculiar ethos, practice and representations of social capital are related to the features of competing clubs through relations of mutual symbolic distinction; for example, some clubs emphasize the ‘genuineness’ of links while stigmatizing others for the accent they put on utility. The varied forms of cosmopolitanism that they promote partly replicate these logics of distinction, eliciting struggles over the authenticity or inauthenticity of transnational connections. Yet, clubs also oppose each other according to the unequal emphasis that they place on international ties per se, which creates a competing axiology within the symbolic economy of social capital accumulation.

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