The Sociology of Cosmopolitanism: Globalization, Identity, Culture and Government

Hardcover | June 1, 2009

byGavin Kendall

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The dream of a cosmopolitical utopia has been around for thousands of years. Yet the promise of being locally situated while globally connected and mobile has never seemed more possible than today. Through a classical sociological approach, this book analyzes the political, technological and cultural systems underlying cosmopolitanism.

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The dream of a cosmopolitical utopia has been around for thousands of years. Yet the promise of being locally situated while globally connected and mobile has never seemed more possible than today. Through a classical sociological approach, this book analyzes the political, technological and cultural systems underlying cosmopolitanism.

GAVIN KENDALL is Professor of Sociology at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His research interests include social theory, social order and the relationship between culture and socio-technical problems. His previous books include Using Foucaults Methods (with Gary Wickham), Understanding Culture (with Gary Wickham) and S...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:177 pages, 8.5 × 5.6 × 0.6 inPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230008682

ISBN - 13:9780230008687

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Table of Contents

Preface
Problems in the Field of Cosmopolitanism
The Question of Belonging: the Nation State and Beyond
Cosmopolitanism and the Political Realm
Cosmopolitanism as a Political Lifestyle: Morality, Technology and Style
Thinking, Feeling and Acting Cosmopolitan: The Ideal Types and their Expression in Everyday Cultural Fields
The Cosmopolitan Symbolic Universe and Communities of Sentiment
Conclusion: Cosmopolitanism as an Intellectual and Political Project
References

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"This book provides a much needed sociological approach to cosmopolitanism, which they show to be both an empirically measurable phenomenon and a normative critique of globalization. The authors demonstrate the sociological significance of cosmopolitanism in an imaginative and methodologically sophisticated way. They have made an invaluable contribution to the growing literature on cosmopolitanism." - Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, University of Sussex, UK"This book provides a carefully detailed dissection of cosmopolitanism, as theory and as sets of practices. The authors have produced an extremely useful resource for future analysis of the placing of cosmopolitanism in the emerging world dis/order." - John Urry, Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK   "Dissecting the concept and its uses, scrutinizing its various dimensions, and delineating its various ideal types, the book is highly illuminating and instructive as to what can and should be understood under cosmopolitanism, and how can the phenomena of cosmopolitanism be studied. Scholars of globalization will find in this book a highly useful orientation guide to the various sociological theories of cosmopolitanism, and in particular a fresh and empirically based synthesis that directs to possible research on the subject." - Professor Motti Regev, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel