Cosmopolitanism in Hard Times


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This reference book provides the reader with an exhaustive array of epistemological, theoretical, and empirical explorations related to the field of cosmopolitanism studies. It considers the cosmopolitan perspective rather as a relevant approach to the understanding of some major issues related to globalization than as a subfield of global studies. In this unique contribution to conceptualizing, establishing, experiencing, and challenging cosmopolitanism, each chapter seizes the paradoxical dialectic of opening up and closing up, of enlightenment and counter-enlightenment, of hope and despair at work in the global world, while the volume as a whole insists on the moral, intellectual, structural, and historical resources that still make cosmopolitanism a real possibility — and not just wishful thinking — even in these hard times.

Contributors include: John Agnew, Daniele Archibugi, Paul Bagguley, Esperança Bielsa, Estevão Bosco, Stéphane Chauvier, Daniel Chernilo, Vincenzo Cicchelli, VittorioCotesta, Stéphane Dufoix, David Held, Robert Holton, Yasmin Hussain, David Inglis, Lauren Langman, Pietro Maffettone, Sylvie Mesure, Magdalena Nowicka, Sylvie Octobre, Delphine Pagès-El Karaoui, Massimo Pendenza, Alain Policar, Frédéric Ramel, Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Hiro Saito, Camille Schmoll, Bryan S. Turner, Clive Walker, and Daniel J. Whelan.

With an Afterword by Arjun Appadurai.

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Sylvie Mesure is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique). Her Research Laboratory is the GEMASS (Groupe d’étude des méthodes de l’analyse sociologique de la Sorbonne).

Vincenzo Cicchelli is an Associate Professor at University Paris Descartes (CEPED) (Université de Paris /Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)). He is currently the Director of International Relations at GRIP (Global Research Institute of Paris, University of Paris).
"This landmark collection brings the idea of cosmopolitanism out of the world of elite taste, education and worldliness into the complexities of identity, justice, sovereignty and mobility in our own times. The authors offer a critical way out of the current global crises of political and epidemiological lockdown."
Dr. Arjun Appadurai, New York University and The Hertie School, Berlin

"Timely and important, Cosmopolitanism in Hard Times is a comprehensive edited collection written by outstanding scholars that stands as a major contribution to cosmopolitanism studies. This is a must read-book."
Professor Shujiro Yazawa, Hitotsubashi University and Seijo University, Tokyo

"As the world is caught up in a whirlwind of multiple crises, we desperately need to read this remarkable collection of essays, assemble by two outstanding scholars, that challenges us in understanding the world of strangers and sets out the case for a cosmopolitan approach to contemporary global politics."
Professor Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut, President of the International Sociological Association
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Introduction: Splendors and Miseries of Cosmopolitanism
Vincenzo Cicchelli and Sylvie Mesure

Part 1: Conceptualizing Cosmopolitanism

1 The First Axial Age and the Origin of Universalism
Vittorio Cotesta
2 Kantian Cosmopolitanism
Stéphane Chauvier
3 Cosmopolitanism and Classical Sociology
David Inglis
4 Cosmopolitanism as a Siamese- Twin Global Concept
Stéphane Dufoix
5 Ulrich Beck’s Critical Cosmopolitan Sociology
Estevão Bosco
6 Cosmopolitanism is a Humanism
Daniel Chernilo
7 Human Rights and Dignity
Sylvie Mesure
8 From Subaltern Cosmopolitanism to Post- Western Sociology
Laurence Roulleau-Berger

Part 2: Establishing Cosmopolitanism
9 Inequality and Global Justice
David Held and Pietro Maffettone
10 International Human Rights System
Daniel J. Whelan
11 Cosmopolitan Democracy
Daniele Archibugi
12 Cosmopolitanism and Multiculturalism
Alain Policar
13 Cosmopolitan Cities
Delphine Pagès-El Karoui
14 The Future That Europe Has Left Behind
Massimo Pendenza

Part 3: Experiencing Cosmopolitanism

15 Unpacking Cosmopolitan Memory
Hiro Saito
16 Hospitality, Cosmopolitanism, and Conviviality: On Relations with Others in Hostile Times
Magdalena Nowicka
17 International Mobility and Cosmopolitanism in the Global Age
Camille Schmoll
18 The Cosmopolitan Stranger
Esperança Bielsa
19 Aesthetico- Cultural Cosmopolitanism
Sylvie Octobre
20 The Cosmopolitan Individual in Tension
Vincenzo Cicchelli

Part 4: Challenging Cosmopolitanism: a Fractured Cosmopolis

21 The Nation- State in a Global World
John Agnew
22 Cosmopolitanism in an Age of Xenophobia and Ethnic Conflict
Paul Bagguley and Yasmin Hussain
23 Cosmopolitanism and Religion
Bryan S. Turner
24 The Dialectic of Populism and Cosmopolitanism
Lauren Langman
25 Terrorism as a Counter- Cosmopolitanism
Clive Walker
26 Competition for Global Hegemony
Frédéric Ramel
27 Capitalism and Cosmopolitanism
Robert Holton

Many aspects of the text may appeal to a wide range of readers — cultural and global scholars, students engaged in debates on representations of global studies, cosmopolitanism, cultural studies, aesthetics and comparative research.
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