1st Edition

Cosmopolitan Sociability Locating Transnational Religious and Diasporic Networks

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book approaches the concept of cosmopolitan sociability as a cultural or territorial rootedness that facilitates a simultaneous openness to shared human emotions, experiences, and aspirations.

    Cosmopolitan Sociability critiques definitions of cosmopolitanism as a tolerance for cultural difference or a universalist morality that arise from contemporary experiences of mobility and globalization. Challenging these assumptions, the book explores the degree to which a 'cosmopolitan dimension' can be practised within particular religious communities, diasporic ties, or gendered migrant identities in different parts of the world. A wide variety of expert contributors offer rich ethnographic insights into the interplay of social interactions and cosmopolitan sociability. In this way the book contributes significantly to ethnic and migration studies, global anthropology, social theory, and religious and cultural studies.

    Cosmopolitan Sociability was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    1. Defining Cosmopolitan Sociability in a Transnational Age - An Introduction Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester, Tsypylma Darieva, University of Tsukuba, and Sandra Gruner-Domic, University of Southern California

    2. Cosmopolitan Charismatics? Transnational Ways of Belonging and Cosmopolitan Moments in the Religious Practice of New Mission Churches Kristine Krause, Humboldt University Berlin

    3. Socialist Cosmopolitanism Meets Global Pentecostalism: Charismatic Christianity among Vietnamese Migrants after the Fall of the Berlin Wall Gertrud Hüwelmeier, Humboldt University Berlin

    4. National, Transnational or Cosmopolitan Heroine? Virgin Mary’s Apparitions in Contemporary Europe Agnieszka Halemba, Leipzig University

    5. Transnational Lifestyles as a New Form of Cosmopolitan Social Identification? Latin American Women in German Urban Spaces Sandra Gruner-Domic, University of South California

    6. Rethinking Homecoming. Diasporic Cosmopolitanism in Post-Soviet Armenia Tsypylma Darieva, University of Tsukuba


    Tsypylma Darieva is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and associate member of Collaborative Research Centre at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. Her research interests are focused on the anthropology of migration and transnationalism, diasporic cosmopolitanism, memory and urban postsocialism in Europe and Central Eurasia (Germany, Armenia and Azerbaijan).

    Nina Glick Schiller is the Director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures and Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK. Glick Schiller’s research and writings explore a comparative and historical perspective on migration, cities, transnational processes, diasporic connection, long distance nationalism, methodological nationalism and diasporic cosmopolitanisms. She has worked in cities in Haiti, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    Sandra Gruner-Domic, PhD, is currently Lecturer for Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, USA. Her research interests are migration and gender, race and ethnic relations in urban spaces and the process of representation and identity in transnational context. She is currently conducting comparative research on Latin American migrants in Los Angeles and Berlin.