Ioannis Tsoukalas, PhD student, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Apprentice cosmopolitans. A study of the Erasmus students

Cosmopolitanism has in recent years become an important subject of research and discussion in the academic world. The present study will focus on the ERASMUS exchange program, which has quite dramatically changed student life in many European universities the last two decades, in an attempt to understand the social and cultural processes that underlie the development of a more cosmopolitan attitude and lifestyle. ​In doing so it will have a closer look at issues of group formation and social identity, institutional arrangements and EU policies, mobility patterns and social networks, communication styles and cognitive processes. The ethnographic work on which this study builds was conducted in two different European cities - Stockholm and Athens - and consist mainly of participant observations and interviews with Erasmus students.

Examiner: Torbjörn Friberg, Universitetslektor, Malmö University

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