Cosmopolitan Acceptance: A Model for Understanding Accepting Views Towards Asylum Seekers

Jacqueline Margaret Laughland-Booy, Zlatko Skrbis

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This article offers a broad overview of how the concept of cosmopolitanism can inform an understanding of the acceptance of asylum seekers by members of settled populations. We begin with a brief history of cosmopolitan thought before summarising how the concept is understood in contemporary social theory. We then propose a theoretical framework which links inclusionary views towards asylum seekers with theories of cosmopolitanism and provides a model that allows ’cosmopolitan acceptance’ to be operationalised for the purposes of empirical research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Arts and Humanities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Cosmopolitanism; Asylum seekers; Political refugees; Social acceptance

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