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Voluntourism

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Sara Nuta4 Comments

Voluntourism is a fast growing trend in travel where people combine traveling and volunteering. Typically, young people visit third world countries to volunteer at schools, orphanages, help rebuild communities, etc, for a few weeks then return to their homes. It is ostensibly a benevolent act. But voluntourism, like anything else, is a business. It capitalizes on a trend without necessarily …

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Connecting Cosmos and Hearth

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by YouMe2 Comments

In past times I interned at “The Student Language Exchange”, an organization that attempts to educate and promote the diversity of languages and cultures. The vision of this organization is to introduce students to different cultures, and to empower them to appreciate every member of every community across the world, especially the Indigenous people groups, ethnicity, and cultures (hearth). All …

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Parisiens and New Yorkers

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Mao2 Comments

Tuan’s argument that the places’ diversity decrease as travel increases could be true. More and more international branches such as Starbucks and clothing brands are opening all over the world, in shopping districts and historical sites; I remember walking by a fully commercialized street in Florence and found it sad because it didn’t feel like Florence. But in other cases, …

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Chief Keef’s Revenge

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Erik ArsovskiLeave a Comment

In her piece, “A Global Sense of Place”, Doreen Massey outlines what is effectively, a wonderful notion of inclusiveness, illustrated by her concept a “global sense of local”, but an underrepresentation of the power of Capital and Capitalism. Her research does not go unnoticed as she draws the plan for a utopian sense of place. Massey draws upon every corner …

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To P.C. or Not to P.C.

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Shea2 Comments

Yi Fi Tuan’s writing on the Cosmopolitan Hearth engages with the process by which communities resist “homogenizing forces of modernization.” This contention is described as not only a resistance to change but also as a defense of some threatened virtue or viewpoint. To put this more plainly, we only have to listen to a (comically oft-repeated) line from Presidential candidate …

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¿What lengua speak yo?

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Zac Varieur2 Comments

A large part of my concentration is talking about how we build spaces that are inclusive to lots of people and so clearly the topic of exclusive senses of community inherently interests me very seriously, but when joined with my love for language and linguistics, one topic rises to the very top of all of this: the English-Only Movement. Much …

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Pierniki-Pryaniki-Pfeffernüsse?

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Lauren P2 Comments

In the introduction to Cosmos versus Hearth (324-325), Yi-Fu Tuan posits that if most people were to have the same travel opportunities as those who are well to do–in education and travel–the earth’s ecological health and diversity would be endangered. Dorren Massey would most likely categorize Tuan as a reactionary based on his viewpoint, which advocates exclusivity and a “self-closing …

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A Safe Haven

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Sam Thornton1 Comment

Doreen Massey asks us to rethink our sense of place in the context of a global connection. For me, the global connection always meant that at this point in time, it is nearly impossible to not be connected in one aspect or another to anywhere in the world. Whether this be by products, relationships, or any other method, we are …

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Nationalism

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Olivia1 Comment

I want to discuss the idea of the cosmopolitan on a national scale, with an entire country being a place. Exclusion is, I think, one of the cornerstones of nationalism. Not patriotism, the softer cousin of nationalism, and not the institution of citizenship, which is conceptually legitimate. Nationalism is sort of the extreme of those two ideas and practices. It …

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Going Global

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Alexandra G1 Comment

“Whereas plants have roots, human beings have feet”—a capturing of the human dilemma realized by many and noted in Yi-Fu Tuan’s Cosmo’s and Hearth. The dilemma, he says, has always existed but is becoming more evident as people become more modern. While some strive to lay down “roots” in the place they’re from or look for a new place to …

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Border Control

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Jonathan1 Comment

Though we now live in a world of increasing mobility, it seems like more than ever that that mobility is being restricted, especially with the recent focus on borders and policing them—from Donald Trump’s insistence on building walls around America to make it great again to the scrutiny (some of us more than others, depending on the color of our …

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Fairly Odd Cosmos Experience

In A Sense of Place, Cosmopolitan by Thomas T3 Comments

I have never left home for an extended period of time by myself until I came to NYU, primarily when I went abroad. Since staying at home was a consistent activity for me, studying abroad resulted in my mother worrying for me in ways I have never seen prior, such as melodramatically warning me to look both sides across the street …