Europe and Asia beyond East and West

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This major new book tackles key questions on Europe in the context of shifting parameters of East and West. The contributors - sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and historians - show, from a variety of different perspectives, that the conventional equation of Europe with the West must be questioned. Featuring four thematically organized chapters, the book looks at:

  • a post-Western world
  • Asia in Europe: encounters in history
  • between Europe and Asia
  • otherness in Europe and Asia.

Exploring new expressions of European self-understanding in a way that challenges recent ideological notions of the ‘clash of civilizations’, this outstanding work draws on recent scholarship that shows how Europe and Asia were mutually linked in history and in contemporary perspective. It argues that as a result of current developments and the changing geopolitical context, both Europe and Asia have much in common and that it is possible to speak of cosmopolitan links rather than clashes.

This book will be of great value to students and researchers in the fields of sociology, European politics and history and cultural theory.

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Meet the Author

Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool. His recent books include (with Chris Rumford) Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization (Routeldge, 2005); Community (Routledge, 2004). He has edited Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory (Routledge, 2005) and (with Krishan Kumar) The Handbook of Nations and Nationalism (Sage, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: A Post-Western World 1. Europe from a Cosmopolitan Perspective 2. Post-Western Europe and the Plural Asias 3. Civilizational Constellations and European Modernity Reconsidered 4. Oriental Globalization: Past and Present Part 2 : Asia in Europe: Encounters in History 5. Contested Divergence: Rethinking the 'Rise of the West'? 6. Discovering the World: Cosmopolitanism and Globality in the ‘Eurasian’ Renaissance 7. Revealing the Cosmopolitan Side of Oriental Europe: The Eastern Origins of European Civilization 8. Europe and the Mediterranean: A Reassessment 9. Islam in Europe 10. Citizenship East and West: Reflections on Revolutions and Civil Society 11. Middle Eastern Modernities, Islam and Cosmopolitanism Part 3: Between Europe and Asia 12. Borders and Re-Bordering 13. Europe after the EU Enlargement: 'Cosmopolitanism by Small Steps' 14. Turkey Between Europe and Asia 15. Russia as Eurasia: An Innate Cosmopolitanism 16. Out of Europe but not in Europe: Israel between Ethnic Nation State and Jewish Cosmopolitanism Part 4: Otherness in Europe and Asia 17. Europe’s Otherness: Cosmopolitanism and the Construction of Cultural Unities 18. Is There Such a Thing as Eurocentrism? 19. Rethinking Asia: Multiplying Asia 20. Critical Intellectuals in a Global Age: Asian and European Encounters 21. Chinese Thought and Dialogical Universalism

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