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Research overview

Cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitics, common-sense, comedy, adventure, ethics, aesthetics, epoché, existential anthropology. Area specialities: Jamaica, the Caribbean.

Academic/Professional Qualification

PGCHET, Queens University Belfast

PhD, University of Cambridge

MA, University of East Anglia

BA, University of Cambridge

Research overview

My work as an anthropologist has centred on cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitics with an ethnographic focus on the Caribbean and its 'creolising' social-cultural processes. My writing moves between an ethnographic (descriptive-analytical) strand and an exploration of grounding concepts in anthropology: these include the idea of 'common-sense' as a human universal.

My enduring interest has been in individuals and how they make a meaningful world, finding freedoms for themselves; how they transcend cultural categories and constraints through cosmopolitanizing narrations of experience. Theoretically this has led me into thinking about the ideas that go into a cosmopolitan view, including openness or hospitality toward the ‘foreign’, empathy across categorical boundaries, utopian imagining and the idea of the transcendence of immediate or ‘temporal’ constraints.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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