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Cosmopolitan Sociology as a Project

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

recent contributions to the vast corpus of theories, concepts and methodological tools provided by the global studies movement, which has accounted for the main innovations in the social sciences over the last thirty years. The cosmopolitan perspective is viewed by its advocates as a tool to write the

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

networks contained within the multi-dimensional space of social interactions. 2.4 Leaving behind ‘Methodological Nationalism’ No contemporary sociologist has been more adamant that we need to go beyond the perspective of the nation-state than Ulrich Beck, who considers this institution as a vestige of the

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

remain woefully incomplete, since ‘cultural ties, loyalties and identities have expanded beyond systems of control’ (p. 6). The use of methodological nationalism in a global world has led many sociologists to adopt a ‘prison error’ territorial theory of identity (p. 6) and renders any comprehension of

Introduction: the Cosmopolitan Imagination

Understanding a Shared and Plural World

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

, 2009 ). The difficulty lies in the fact that the discipline must show ingenuity as well as both conceptual and methodological imagination (Delanty, 2009 ), without necessarily abandoning all its former convictions. 1 The Matrices of Cosmopolitanism Without going into a lengthy historical presentation

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

parameters of the cosmopolitan identity and orientation in individuals, a number of methodological difficulties arise, which in turn fuel a number of intense scholarly debates. For example, certain scholars prefer to look at everyday cosmopolitanism, focusing on the difficulties faced by social actors when

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Teresa Toguchi Swartz, Douglas Hartmann and Rubén G. Rumbaut

, along with a brief overview of the methods used to collect and organize the interview data, can be found in the methodological appendix to the companion volume for this book ( Waters, et al. 2011 , 205–223).

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

be developed thanks to the use of imaginaries. We can use the studies conducted by Pheng Cheah ( 2012 ) and Nikos Papastergiadis ( 2012 ) as methodological guidelines here. ‘Since one cannot see the universe, the world, or humanity, the cosmopolitan optic is not one of perceptual experience but of

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Vincenzo Cicchelli

Translator Sarah-Louise Raillard

interviewed already shared a baseline of cosmopolitanism in their speech and behaviours, they moreover shared the view that their study abroad programmes were a trial to further develop their cosmopolitan outlook. We have argued that this kind of methodological approach can be applied to everyday contexts