European Cosmopolitanism in Question

Paperback | June 5, 2012

EditorRoland Robertson, Anne Sophie Krossa

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Cosmopolitanism is currently one of the most prominent topics in the social sciences and humanities, and a key concept for understanding globalization. This collection of essays, featuring a line-up of leading international scholars, argues that most work on cosmopolitanism uses a normative model, rather than fully interrogating the issue empirically, comparatively and globally.

Thisambitious and ground-breakingcollectionwill push the boundaries of the debate on cosmopolitanism into new areas, opening up new lines of inquiry and analysis that will have an impact on the study of globalization and global process for years to come.

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Cosmopolitanism is currently one of the most prominent topics in the social sciences and humanities, and a key concept for understanding globalization. This collection of essays, featuring a line-up of leading international scholars, argues that most work on cosmopolitanism uses a normative model, rather than fully interrogating the is...

ROLAND ROBERTSON is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His previous books include: Globalization: Social Theory and Global Culture, International Systems and the Modernization of Societies, The Sociological Interpretation of Religion and Sociology and Football. ANNE SOPHIE KROSSA is Lecturer in Eu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.6 × 5.55 × 0.48 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230302637

ISBN - 13:9780230302631

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Introduction; A. Krossa and R. Robertson
Chapter 1: Why European Cosmopolitanism?; A. Krossa
Chapter 2: Some Comments on Cosmopolitanism and Europe; R. Holton
Chapter 3: Cosmopolitanism in Social Theory: An Ambivalent Defense; D. Chernilo
Chapter 4: Divided Time: Notes on Cosmopolitanism and the Theory of Second Modernity; A. Langenohl
Chapter 5: Cosmopolitanism as a Concept for Tolerant Demarcation; J. Schraten
Chapter 6: Cosmopolitan Liberalism and its Limits; C. Calhoun
Chapter 7: Cosmopolitan Trends across World Regions: Discerning a European Exceptionalism; V. Roudometof and W. Haller
Chapter 8: The Obama Effect: Confronting the Political and and the Cosmopolitics of the Real; P. Werbner
Chapter 9: European Cosmopolitanism and the Global Field; R. Robertson
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'This is an outstanding book, and an exceptionally worthwhile contribution to the growing literature on cosmopolitanism. It brings together some of the leading contributors to recent debates and offers a valuable critical perspective on claims for European 'exceptionalism' in relation to cosmopolitanism.'- William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK'This volumes makes a much needed contribution to the growing literature on cosmopolitanism in the social sciences. The chapters offer a careful critical assessment of the limits and relevance of the idea of a European cosmopolitanism'.- Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, UK'Robertson and Krossa have put together valuable critiques of the very current but fuzzy notion of European cosmopolitanism. They see cosmopolitanism as an ambiguous, ahistorical, and internally inconsistent normative ideal. And they see the idea that it is especially European as provincial rather than analytically useful.'- John W. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University, USA'A major international contribution to an empirical and analytic interpretation of the global cosmopolis' - Bryan S Tuner, Presidential Professor of Sociology, The City University of New York, USA'Considering cosmopolitanism as a response to globalization, the volume offers challenging analyses of current trends. European Cosmopolitanism in Question comprises brilliant contributions by leading authors that constitutes both a lucid introduction and an original and challenging advancement to the debate.' - Frank Welz, Innsbruck University, Austria'Penetrating analyses, deep thinking, intrepid critiques - Robertson and Krossa have assembled an outstanding collection of essays on a key concept in contemporary social theory. This book offers a much-needed reconfiguration and broadening of the cosmopolitanism debate.' - John Boli, Professor of Sociology, Emory University, USA