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AuthorAtossa Araxia Abrahamian
LanguageEnglish
PublisherColumbia Global Reports
Publication Date10/11/2015
Editorial Review"Writing with pace and passion, Abrahamian, an opinion editor at Al Jazeera America, weaves together her narratives with considerable journalistic flair. She intertwines [her narratives with] the ancient idea of cosmopolitan citizenship and its idealistic modern advocates. She sees the growing market in citizenship as the corruption and commercialization of this idea by a global business elite." —Richard Bellamy, The New York Times Book Review "A perceptive, brilliantly reported investigation into the ways in which the forces of globalization are fundamentally changing the conceptualization and practice of nationality. This is that rare thing: a book filled with news." -- Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland and The Dog "Atossa Araxia Abrahamian is a 21st-century Diogenes of Canadian, Iranian,and Swiss citizenship who has written a sharp, compelling, and often humorous book about the evolution of citizenship and the rise of a new form of statelessness. As she contends in The Cosmopolites, if in the 21st century 'the nation is being called into question as a result of globalizing technology, trade and crisis, it makes perfect sense for our connection and allegiance to the nation to be challenged too.' A cosmopolite is a global citizen who manages to be 'of the world without belonging anywhere within it,' she writes, all the while exploring and challenging the parameters that determine who among us gets to be global." -- The Nation
About the AuthorAtossa Araxia Abrahamian is an opinion editor at Al Jazeera America and a contributing editor at The New Inquiry and Dissent. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, the London Review of Books, and other publications. A former reporter for Reuters, she is a citizen of Canada, Switzerland, and Iran, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Number of Pages162
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