At the center of the cosmopolitan impulse is the instinctive need to belong. Using the Ancient Greek pre-polis deification of the hearth (hestia), a space of connectivity, this chapter traces the understanding of self as an ever widening progression toward belonging. Belonging is not singular, and the focus on the pre-polis Ancient Greek concept of the goddess Hestia, and her realm of the hearth, provides a foundation for understanding the multiplicity of belonging. This chapter suggests a move away from the polis-centric mentality of the ‘outsider’ to a more hestia-centric perspective of inclusion and cooperation.
Cosmopolitanism and Beyond: Towards A Multiverse of Transformations / Giri, A (ed): pp.in press