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Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress

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Is global culture merely a pale and sinister reflection of capitalist globalization? Bruce Robbins' responds to this and other questions in Feeling Global, a crucial document on nationalism, culturalism, and the role of intellectuals in the age of globalization.

Building on his previous work, Robbins here takes up the question of the status of international human rights. Robbins' conception of internationalism is driven not only by the imperatives of global human rights policy, ...

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Overview

Is global culture merely a pale and sinister reflection of capitalist globalization? Bruce Robbins' responds to this and other questions in Feeling Global, a crucial document on nationalism, culturalism, and the role of intellectuals in the age of globalization.

Building on his previous work, Robbins here takes up the question of the status of international human rights. Robbins' conception of internationalism is driven not only by the imperatives of global human rights policy, but by an understanding of transnational cultures, thus linking practical policymaking to cultural politics at the expense of neither. Robbins' cultural criticism, in other words, affords us much more than an understanding of how culture "shapes our lives." Instead, Robbins shows, particularly in his discussions of Martha Nussbaum, Richard Rorty, Susan Sontag, Michael Walzer and others, how "culture" itself has become a term that blocks—for commentators on both the right and the left—serious engagement with the contemporary cosmopolitan ideal of a nonuniversalist discourse of human rights.

Rescuing "cosmopolitanism" itself from its connotations of leisured individuals loyal to no one and willing to sample all cultures at will, Feeling Global presents a compelling way to think about the ethical obligations of intellectuals at a time when their place in the new world order is profoundly uncertain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814775134
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Cultural Front Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Robbins is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is the author of Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, and Culture and The Servant's Hand. He has also edited several collections, the latest of which is Cosmopolitics, with Pheng Cheah.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Internationalism in Distress 11
Susan Sontag on Bosnia
Global Culture Is Ordinary
The New Nationalism and the End of the Culture Wars
2 Some Versions of U.S. Internationalism 39
3 The Weird Heights: Imperial Eyes, Universality, and Human Rights 61
4 Feeling Global: John Berger and Experience 79
5 Upward Mobility in the Postcolonial Era: Kincaid, Mukherjee, and the Cosmopolitan Au Pair 97
6 Secularism, Elitism, Progress, and other Transgressions: On Edward Said's "Voyage in" 115
7 Sad Stories in the International Public Sphere: Richard Rorty on Culture and Human Rights 127
Global Privacy
Democracy and Redistribution
Human Rights at the United Nations
Toward an Alliance
8 Root, Root, Root: Martha Nussbaum Meets the Home Team 147
Cosmopolitanism and Boredom
Rooting and Realism
Two Love Stories: The Home and the World and The English Patient
Afterword 169
Notes 175
Index 211
About the Author 221
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