1st Edition

Political Sociologies of the Cultural Encounter Essays on Borders, Cosmopolitanism, and Globalization

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers transdisciplinary scholarship which challenges the agendas of and markers around traditional social scientific fields. 

    It builds on the belief that the study of major issues in the global cultural and political economies benefit from a perspective that rejects the limitations imposed by established boundaries, whether disciplinary, conceptual, symbolic or material. Established and early career academics explore and embrace contemporary political sociology following the ‘global’ and ‘cultural’ turns of recent decades. Categories such as state, civil society, family, migration, citizenship and identity are interrogated and sometimes found to be ill-suited to the task of analyzing global complexities. The limits of global theory, the challenges of global citizenship, and the relationship between globalisation and situated and mobile subjects and objects are all referenced in this book.

    The book will be of interest to scholars of International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Theory, Geography, Area studies and European studies.

    Introduction: The Importance of the ‘Cultural Encounter’

    Barrie Axford, Alistair Brisbourne, and Claudia Lueders

    Part I: Encounters Beyond Borders

    1. What is a Border Comrade?

    Olivier Thomas Kramsch

    2. Seeing from the Border with Chris Rumford: Towards Cosmopolitan Borders and a Multiperspectival Border Studies

    Anthony Cooper

    3. Politics of Space, Strangeness and Culture in the Global Age

    Spiros Makris

    Part II: Everyday Encounters and Strangeness

    4. The Complex Trajectories of the Commoner: Cosmopolitanism, Localisation and Nationalism

    Nick Stevenson

    5. Artistic Encounters with Difference, Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism and the Political Imagination

    Maria Rovisco

    6. The Story of the Ship-in-a-bottle: Encountering Strangeness and Familiarity through a Globalised Object

    Alison Hulme

    7. Don’t Look Back in Anger: A reflection on strangeness and borders in academia

    Claudia Lueders

    Part III: Global Studies and Interdisciplinarity

    8. Europe in Crises: Europe's Others and Other Europes from a Global Perspective

    Didem Buhari-Gulmez and Seckin Baris Gulmez

    9. Globalization: Interactive and Integral

    Victor Roudometoff

    10. Cosmopolitan Borders, Strangeness, and Inter-Cultural Encounters

    Robert Holton

    11. Religion and Globalising Processes: An Investigation into the Relationship between Religious Practices and Institutions and the Complex Historical Forms of Global Social Change

    Peter Gardella and Darren O’Byrne

    12. Challenges of Globalization and the Cosmopolitan Imagination: The Implications of the Anthropocene

    Gerard Delanty


    Barrie Axford is Professor Emeritus in Politics at Oxford Brookes University, UK, where he is also a member of the Centre for Global Politics Economy and Society (GPES).

    Alistair Brisbourne is a Research Manager at accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, UK.

    Claudia Lueders is a Teaching Fellow in Politics at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

    Sandra Halperin is a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.