Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context, and Practice

Paperback | October 15, 2002

EditorSteven Vertovec, Robin Cohen

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Understanding the ancient and long sidelined concept of cosmopolitanism has suddenly found a fresh impetus and urgency. Globalization, international migration, multiculturalism and global social movements, as well as atrocities committed by those with narrow religious and ethnic identities,have led to reposing of two basic cosmopolitan questions: Can we ever live peacefully with one another? What do we share, collectively, as human beings? The term cosmopolitanism has attracted many understandings and uses over the years. Covering the global, national, social and personal levels of analysis, the authors consider the multiple meanings of the term in the past and in the present and develop new ways of conceiving cosmopolitanism.Through challenging old assumptions and advancing new analytical frameworks, the collection provides a full and representative set of views on the nature, definition and prospects of cosmopolitanism. Written by eminent scholars and publicly recognised intellectuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds, this book is the most comprehensive account of the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism yet attempted.

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Understanding the ancient and long sidelined concept of cosmopolitanism has suddenly found a fresh impetus and urgency. Globalization, international migration, multiculturalism and global social movements, as well as atrocities committed by those with narrow religious and ethnic identities,have led to reposing of two basic cosmopolitan...

Robin Cohen is Dean of Humanities at the University of Cape Town and a Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Steve Vertovec is Director of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Research Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford and Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissens...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Steven Vertovec and Robin Cohen: Introduction: conceiving cosmopolitanismPART 1 WINDOWS ON COSMOPOLITANISM2. Stuart Hall: Political belonging in a world of multiple identities3. Sami Zubaida: Middle Eastern experiences of cosmopolitanism4. Richard Sennett: Cosmopolitanism and the social experience of cities5. David Held: Building cosmopolitanism for another agePART 2 THEORIES OF COSMOPOLITANISM6. Ulrich Beck: The cosmopolitan perspective: sociology in the second age of modernity7. Craig Calhoun: The class consciousness of frequent travellers: towards a critique of actually existing cosmopolitanism8. Rainer Baubock: Political community beyond the sovereign state, supranational federalism and transnational minorities9. Robert Fine and Robin Cohen: Four cosmopolitanism momentsPART 3 CONTEXTS OF COSMOPOLITANISM10. Peter Van der Veer: Colonial cosmopolitanism11. Ayse Caglar: Media corporatism and cosmopolitanism12. Chan Kwok Bun: Both sides now: culture contact, hybridisation and cosmopolitanism13. Daniel Hiebert: Cosmopolitanism at the local level: the development of transnational neighbourhoodsPART 4 PRACTICES OF COSMOPOLITANISM14. David A. Hollinger: Not universalists, not pluralists: the new cosmopolitans find their own way15. John Tomlinson: Interests and identities in cosmopolitan politics16. Andrew Linklater: Cosmopolitan harm conventions17. Mary Kaldor: Cosmopolitanism and organised violence