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

ISBN 9780367520021
Published May 6, 2022 by Routledge
198 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.