Are Australians cosmopolitan?


From the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes:


(Source: Farida Fozdar, Presentation at RMIT Symposium on ‘Migration and the Other’, 15 November 2014; data from Australian Survey of Social Attitudes)

I chuckled when Fozdar quipped this looks like Australians giving the finger to the notion of being cosmopolitan.

But I was surprised that even one in five of us agree they feel more like a citizen of the world than any country. I struggle to think of myself as a ‘citizen of world’ despite being a migrant, thinking the nation-state is both mostly good but sometimes bad and thinking nationalism is generally used for nefarious ends (with the caveat it can be use for good).


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