Cosmopolitanisms: New Thinking and New Directions

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In the face of contemporary global crises and social concerns, the ideas of cosmopolitanism are seen to offer strategies for survival. So what are the strengths of cosmopolitanism that make this optimism possible? What are the arguments against it? Can it really improve the human condition and create a better world?

Written by a leading expert in the field, Cosmopolitanisms explains the meaning, scope and importance of cosmopolitanism in today's world. The book draws on a ...

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Overview

In the face of contemporary global crises and social concerns, the ideas of cosmopolitanism are seen to offer strategies for survival. So what are the strengths of cosmopolitanism that make this optimism possible? What are the arguments against it? Can it really improve the human condition and create a better world?

Written by a leading expert in the field, Cosmopolitanisms explains the meaning, scope and importance of cosmopolitanism in today's world. The book draws on a historical and cross-cultural approach that provides the reader with a clear survey of major theoretical approaches and the evidence on which they are based. Offering a critical approach to these leading theories, including those associated with Ulrich Beck, it explores the challenges and limitations of this movement versus other approaches of globalization. Going beyond traditional Euro-centric visions and analyses, this text offers cutting-edge explorations of the cultural and personal, as well as the moral and legal, dimensions of cosmopolitanism.

With concise explanations of different types of cosmopolitanism and clear guidance through existing literature in the area, this forward-thinking text explains key issues within the wider contexts of globalization. Robert J. Holton's accessible writing style and easy-to-follow arguments gives a solid and comprehensive understanding of cosmopolitanism for all students of sociology, globalization and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230228665
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT J. HOLTON is Emeritus Professor of Sociology Chair at Trinity College, Dublin where he previously held the Chair of Sociology. He is a leading historical sociologist and is widely published in the field of globalisation. His books include the successful titles Globalization and the Nation-State, Making Globalization and Global Networks.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables vi

Preface and Acknowledgements vii

1 Introduction 1

Part I Theoretical, Conceptual and Historical Issues

2 Conceptualizing Cosmopolitanism: A Re-appraisal 29

3 A Historical Sociology of Cosmopolitanism 57

4 Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory 83

Part II Empirical Research Issues

5 Cosmopolitanism: Social and Cultural Research 113

6 Cosmopolitanism: Legal and Political Research 141

7 Cosmopolitanism in Ireland 171

8 Conclusion 194

Appendix 1 Cosmopolitanism, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitans, Cosmopolitics 212

Bibliography 220

Index 242

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