- Edited by Magdalena Nowicka, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and Maria Rovisco, ISCTE – University of Lisbon, Portugal
- Series : Global Connections
What makes people cosmopolitan? How is cosmopolitanism shaping everyday life experiences and the practices of ordinary people?
Making use of empirical research, Cosmopolitanism in Practice examines the concrete settings in which individuals display cosmopolitan sensibilities and dispositions, illustrating the ways in which cosmopolitan self-transformations can be used as an analytical tool to explain a variety of identity outlooks and practices. The manner in which both past and present cosmopolitanisms compete with meta-narratives such as nationalism, multiculturalism and religion is also investigated, alongside the employment of cosmopolitan ideas in situations of tension and conflict.
With an international team of contributors, including Ulrich Beck, Steven Vertovec, Rob Kroes and Natan Sznaider, this book draws on a variety of intellectual disciplines and international contexts to show how people embrace and make use of cosmopolitan ideas and attitudes.
Contents: Foreword, Ulrich Beck; Introduction: making sense of cosmopolitanism, Magdalena Nowicka and Maria Rovisco; Part I Mobilities: The middle class cosmopolitan journey: the life trajectories and transnational affiliations of skilled EU migrants in Manchester, Paul Kennedy; Ethnic groups unbound: a case study of the social organization of cosmopolitanism, Mark-Anthony Falzon; Looking at the practice of UN professionals: strategies for managing differences and the emergence of a cosmopolitan identity, Magdalena Nowicka and Ramin Kaweh. Part II Memories: Cosmopolitan openings and closures in post-Yugoslav antinationalism, Stef Jansen; Europe's evolving public space: cosmopolitan engagements through the lens of American mass culture, Rob Kroes; Cosmopolitanization of memory: the politics of forgiveness and restitution, Ulrich Beck, Daniel Levy and Natan Sznaider. Part III Tensions: An accented radio: fostering cosmopolitanism through media in Berlin, Steven Vertovec; Cosmopolitanism and feminism in the age of the 'war on terror': a 21st century reading of Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas, Gillian Youngs; Cosmopolitan capital or multicultural community? Reflections on the production and management of differential mobilities in Germany's capital city, Kira Kosnick; Religion and the challenges of cosmopolitanism: young Portuguese volunteers in Africa, Maria Rovisco; Index.
About the Editor: Maria Rovisco is a Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, ISCTE – University of Lisbon. In 2006 she is a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. She has published a number of articles.
Magdalena Nowicka is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Sociology, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and holder of the German Research Association scholarship. She is the author of a number of articles on European integration processes, collective identity, cosmopolitanism and spatial mobility.
Reviews: 'Nowicka and Rovisco make a great deal of sense of cosmopolitanism in this thoughtful and thought-provoking contribution to one of the most vital agendas in contemporary social and political life. The book brings together established names in the debate along with new contributions of younger researchers – an excellent combination of perspectives.'
Kevin Robins, Goldmiths College, UK
'Cosmopolitanism in Practice makes a valuable contribution to the debate on the role of cosmopolitanism in political life. This highly coherent edited collection allows us to see more clearly the ways in which the "big"cosmopolitan themes, such as engagement with the Other and universal ethical values, insinuate themselves into everyday politics.'
Chris Rumford, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
'This edited volume makes a key contribution in moving us on from debating cosmopolitanism to actually conceiving of it in its diverse forms…By questioning how, where and why cosmopolitanism is practiced, this book illustrates the rich and multidisciplinary research programme cosmopolitanism can provide.'
'... the collection represents an impressive attempt to trace cosmopolitan values in practice, as well as a source of intellectual inspiration and an invitation to engage, in our time of 'war on terror'
(Young), in a search for peaceful co-existence.'
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