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Politics and Cosmopolitanism in a Global Age

Edited by Sonika Gupta, Sudarsan Padmanabhan

© 2015 – Routledge India

288 pages

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Hardback: 9781138822405
pub: 2014-10-24

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This book offers a unique reconceptualization of cosmopolitanism. It examines several themes that inform politics in a globalized era, including global governance, international law, citizenship, constitutionalism, community, domesticity, territory, sovereignty, and nationalism. The volume explores the specific philosophical and institutional challenges in constructing a cosmopolitan political community beyond the nation state. It reorients and decolonizes the boundaries of ‘cosmopolitanism’ and questions the contemporary discourse to posit inclusive alternatives. Presenting rich and diverse perspectives from across the world, the volume will interest scholars and students of politics and international relations, political theory, public policy, ethics, and philosophy.


‘This unusual volume brings together contributions by some of the most well-known intellectuals writing on the theme of cosmopolitanism into a tension-ridden conversation with perspectives that foreground different experiences from the global south.’Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India

‘Re-inducting structure and agency into the debate on the nature and course of globalization, the authors highlight the hiatus between slogans of global justice and global realities and examine ways to bridge this gap through appropriate and urgent action. This elegantly written book should be a constant companion of all students of public policy and democracy in the global age.’Subrata K. Mitra, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany

Table of Contents

Abbreviations. Glossary. Acknowledgements. Introduction Sonika Gupta and Sudarsan Padmanabhan Part I: Normative Cosmopolitanism: Statements 1. Cosmopolitan Democracy: Paths and Agents Daniele Archibugi and David Held 2. The Cosmopolitanization of International Law: Rethinking Global Constitutionalism Garrett Wallace Brown 3. Legitimacy in the Global Normative Order: Justificatory Practices in the Space of Reasons Eva Erman Part II: Reconceptualizing Cosmopolitanism 4. Cosmopolitanism without Foundations Véronique Pin-Fat 5. Who are the People of the World? Sudhir Chella Rajan 6. Cosmopolitanism, Liberalism, and Citizenship Arvind Sivaramakrishnan 7. Diasporas, Cosmopolitanism and Post-territorial Citizenship Francesco Ragazzi. 8. The ‘Domestic Abroad’ and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism Latha Varadarajan Part III: Towards a Postcolonial Critique 9. The Elusiveness of ‘Non-Western Cosmopolitanism’ Rahul Rao 10. Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism: A Re-examination Sonika Gupta Epilogue: Imagining India: The Interplay of the Cosmopolitan and the Vernacular Sudarsan Padmanabhan. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Index

About the Editors

Sonika Gupta isAssociate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Sudarsan Padmanabhan is Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

About the Series

Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought

Whereas the interrelation of ethics and political thought has been recognized since the dawn of political reflection, we have witnessed over the last 60 years – roughly since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a particularly turbulent process of dilating, indeed globalizing, the coverage and application of that interrelation. At the very instant the decolonized globe consolidated the universality of the sovereign nation-state, that sovereignty – and the political thought that grounded it – was eroded and outstripped, not as in eras past, by imperial conquest and war, but rather by instruments of peace (charters, declarations, treaties, conventions), commerce and communication (multinational enterprises, international media, global aviation and transport, internet technologies).

Has political theory kept apace with global political realities? Can ethical reflection illuminate the murky challenges of real global politics?

The book series 'Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought' addresses these crucial questions by bringing together outstanding texts interrogating the intersection of normative theorizing and political realities with a global focus. The volumes discuss key aspects of the contemporary chiasmus of the local and the global – social movements and global justice, folkways and human rights, poverty and sustainability, rural realities and the cosmopolitan hyperreal.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General