Cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitanism

by Carol A. Breckenridge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822328992

ISBN-13: 9780822328995

Pub. Date: 05/10/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

As the final installment of Public Culture’s Millennial Quartet, Cosmopolitanism assesses the pasts and possible futures of cosmopolitanism—or ways of thinking, feeling, and acting beyond one’s particular society. With contributions from distinguished scholars in disciplines such as literary studies, art history, South Asian studies,

Overview

As the final installment of Public Culture’s Millennial Quartet, Cosmopolitanism assesses the pasts and possible futures of cosmopolitanism—or ways of thinking, feeling, and acting beyond one’s particular society. With contributions from distinguished scholars in disciplines such as literary studies, art history, South Asian studies, and anthropology, this volume recenters the history and theory of translocal political aspirations and cultural ideas from the usual Western vantage point to areas outside Europe, such as South Asia, China, and Africa.
By examining new archives, proposing new theoretical formulations, and suggesting new possibilities of political practice, the contributors critically probe the concept of cosmopolitanism. On the one hand, cosmopolitanism may be taken to promise a form of supraregional political solidarity, but on the other, these essays argue, it may erode precisely those intimate cultural differences that derive their meaning from particular places and traditions. Given that most cosmopolitan political formations—from the Roman empire and European imperialism to contemporary globalization—have been coercive and unequal, can there be a noncoercive and egalitarian cosmopolitan politics? Finally, the volume asks whether cosmopolitanism can promise any universalism that is not the unwarranted generalization of some Western particular.

Contributors. Ackbar Abbas, Arjun Appadurai, Homi K. Bhabha, T. K. Biaya, Carol A. Breckenridge, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Ousame Ndiaye Dago, Mamadou Diouf, Wu Hung, Walter D. Mignolo, Sheldon Pollock, Steven Randall

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822328995
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/10/2002
Series:
a Public Culture Book
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Cosmopolitanisms / Sheldon Pollock, Homi K. Bhabha, Carol A. Breckenridge, and Dipesh Chakrabarty 1

Cosmopolitanism and Vernacular in History / Sheldon Pollock 15

Spectral Housing and Urban Cleansing: Notes on Millennial Mumbai / Arjun Appadurai 54

Universalism and Belonging in the Logic of Capital / Dipesh Chakrabarty 82

The Senegalese Murid Trade Diaspora and the Making of a Vernacular Cosmopolitanism / Mamadou Diouf 111

"Crushing the Pistachio": Eroticism in Senegal and the Art of Ousmane Ndiaye Dago / T. K. Biaya 138

The Many Faces of Cosmo-polis: Border Thinking and Critical Cosmopolitanism / Walter D. Mignolo 157

Zhang Dali's Dialogue: Conversations with a City / Wu Hung 189

Cosmopolitan De-scriptions: Shanghai and Hong Kong / Ackbar Abbas 209

Contributors 229

Index 233

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