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Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?

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Excitement about the variety of human cultural artifacts is one of the two key elements of the tradition of cosmopolitanism, which stretches back to the Cynics of the fourth century B.C.E, who first coined the expression cosmopolitan, &t;citizen of the world&t;. Cosmopolitanism starts with that metaphor of universal citizenship. Cultures are made of continuities and changes, and the identity of a society can survive through these changes. Societies without change aren't more authentic; they're just dead. Many of the poorest countries in the world simply do not have the resources to enforce the regulations they make. Cosmopolitanism starts with what is human in humanity.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; culture



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