1st Edition

Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe
A Feminist Perspective

ISBN 9781409433835
Published April 28, 2012 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe combines a feminist critique of contemporary and prominent approaches to cosmopolitanism with an in-depth analysis of historical cosmopolitanism and the manner in which gendered symbolic boundaries of national political communities in two European countries are drawn. Exploring the work of prominent scholars of new cosmopolitanism in Britain and Germany, including Held, Habermas, Beck and Bhabha, it delivers a timely intervention into current debates on globalisation, Europeanisation and social processes of transformation in and beyond specific national societies. A rigorous examination of the emancipatory potential of current debates surrounding cosmopolitanism in Europe, this book will be of interest to sociologist and political scientists working on questions of identity, inclusion, citizenship, globalisation, cosmopolitanism and gender.



Ulrike M. Vieten is Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen's University Belfast, UK.


'In this rich, insightful and thought provoking monograph, Ulrike Vieten discusses and analyzes contemporary political reality as well as political thought around notions of diversity and alterity of belonging from a feminist and intersectional lens. Focusing on contemporary political reality as well as political thought on cosmopolitanism, the author highlights the situated, embedded and exclusionary boundaries that different discourses on cosmopolitanism assume and calls for an alternative transversal feminist discourse of subaltern cosmopolitanism.' Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London, UK 'This books offers a fresh feminist critique of the burgeoning, and largely male-oriented, literature on cosmopolitanism in 21st century Europe. Its comparison of two very different national discourses, that of Britain and Germany, through the writings of mainstream and minority intellectuals, enables the author to explore alternative gendered ways of belonging in a transnational public sphere.' Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University, UK 'As Prof. Vietens writes, "the idea of global humanity is much too exciting to leave it to the 'boys'" She offers readers a sweeping corrective, using a feminist lens to bring to light what so many theorists have left out and to provide readers with a way forward to a more just and equitable society.' Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, USA, author of God Needs No Passport 'Ulrike M Vieten explores the highly contested concept of cosmopolitanism in this recent book. Through an in-depth engagement with the work of key cosmopolitanism thinkers including Jürgen Habermas and Homi Bhabha, and considering feminist criticisms from Chantal Mouffe, Vieten provides an engaging but challenging read.' LSE Review of Books '[Ulrike Vieten] weaves together an eclectic mixture of theories, theorists and historical background in the development of her argument and the monograph offers a timely interjection, from a feminist perspective, into debate