Migration and cosmopolitanism are said to be complementary. Cosmopolitanism means to be a citizen of the world, and migration, without impediments, should be the natural starting point for a cosmopolitan view. However, the intensification of migration, through an increasing number of refugees and economic migrants, has generated anti-cosmopolitan stances. Using the concept of cosmopolitanism as it emerges from migrant protests like Sans Papiers, No One Is Illegal, and No Borders, an interdisciplinary group of scholars addresses this discrepancy and explores how migrant protest movements elicit a new form of radical cosmopolitanism.
The combination of basic theoretical concepts and detailed empirical analysis in this book will advance the theoretical debate on the inherent cosmopolitan aspects of migrant activism. As such, it will be a valuable contribution to students, researchers and scholars of political science, sociology and philosophy.
Introduction: Migrant Protests as Radical Cosmopolitics
Part 1: Cosmopolitical Resistance
1. Migrant Protests as A Form of Civil Disobedience: Which Cosmopolitanism?
2. Migrants’ Protests, The Paradox of Citizenship And Contestatory Cosmopolitanism
3. Cosmopolitan ‘Hidden Transcripts’? Becoming In/Visible as A Strategy of Migrant Resistance
4. Roma Mobility in the EU: Cosmopolitanism from Below or The Cosmopolitan Exception?
Part 2: Cosmopolitical Agency
5. March of Refugees, Cosmopolitanism and Avant-Garde Political Agency
[Ali Emre Benli]
6. Transnational Solidarity and Cosmopolitanism from Below: Migrant Protests, Universalism and The Political Community
[Óscar García Agustín & Martin Bak Jørgensen]
7. Solidarity Before Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism and Migrant Protests
Part 3: Cosmopolitical World-Building
8. Reclaiming Cosmopolitanism Through Migrant Protests
9. Fugitive World-Building: Rethinking the Cosmopolitics Of Anti-Slavery Struggle with Arendt And Glissant
10. Life, Divided: On the Experience of Postcolonial Migrant Protests In France
11. "No One Is Illegal": Law and The Possibilities for Radical Cosmopolitics
'This volume brings a much needed contribution to cosmopolitanism in demonstrating how migrants through protest and resistance are re-drawing the boundaries of political community.'
—Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
‘Following the thread of migrants’ movements and struggles this book gives a refreshing, radical, and new meaning to the notion of cosmopolitanism. While fences and walls proliferate around borders as well as within bounded spaces worldwide, the stubborn search for freedom of migrants invites us to politically reinvent and remake the world. This is a timely and inspiring book in hard times.’
—Sandro Mezzadra, Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Bologna, Italy