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Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies

2nd edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Gerard Delanty


622 pages

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Cosmopolitanism is about the extension of the moral and political horizons of people, societies, organizations and institutions. Over the past 25 years there has been considerable interest in cosmopolitan thought across the human social sciences.

The second edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies is an enlarged, revised and updated version of the first edition. It consists of 50 chapters across a broader range of topics in the social and human sciences. Eighteen entirely new chapters cover topics that have become increasingly prominent in cosmopolitan scholarship in recent years, such as sexualities, public space, the Kantian legacy, the commons, internet, generations, care and heritage.

This Second Edition aims to showcase some of the most innovative and promising developments in recent writing in the human and social sciences on cosmopolitanism. Both comprehensive and innovative in the topics covered, the Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies is divided into four sections.

  • Cosmopolitan theory and history with a focus on the classical and contemporary approaches,
  • The cultural dimensions of cosmopolitanism,
  • The politics of cosmopolitanism,
  • World varieties of cosmopolitanism.

There is a strong emphasis in interdisciplinarity, with chapters covering contributions in philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, media studies, international relations. The Handboook’s clear and comprehensive style will appeal to a wide undergraduate and postgraduate audience across the social and human sciences.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Field of Cosmopolitan Studies, Gerard Delanty

Part I: Cosmopolitan Theory, History and Approaches

1. Kant and Cosmopolitan Legacies, Garrett W. Brown

2. Radical Cosmopolitanism and the Tradition of Insurgent Universality, James Ingram

3. There is no Cosmopolitanism without Universalism, Daniel Chernilo

4. Alt-Histories of Cosmopolitanism: Rewriting the Past in the Service of the Future, David Inglis

5. World History and Cosmopolitanism, Bo Stråth

6. Cosmopolitan Thought in Weimar Germany, Austin Harrington

7. The Modern Cognitive Order, Cosmopolitanism and Conflicting Models of World Openness: Towards a Critique of Contemporary Social Relations, Piet Strydom

8. The Idea of Critical Cosmopolitanism, Gerard Delanty and Neal Harris

9. Border Thinking and Decolonial Cosmopolitanism: Overcoming Colonial/Imperial Differences, Walter D. Mignolo

10. Cosmopolitanism and Social Research: Some Methodological Issues of an Emerging Research Agenda, Victor Roudometof

11. Performing Cosmopolitanism. The Context and Object-dependency of Cosmopolitan Openness, Ian Woodward and Zlatko Skrbis

Part II: Cosmopolitan Cultures

12. Anthropology and the New Ethical Cosmopolitanism, Pnina Werbner

13. Cosmopolitanism and ‘Civilization’: Social Theory and Political Programmes, Humeira Iqtidar

14. Cosmopolitanism and Translation, Esperança Bielsa

15. Third Culture Kids and Paradoxical Cosmopolitanism, Rachel Cason

16. Festivals, Museums, Exhibitions: Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in the Cultural Public Sphere, Monica Sassatelli

17. Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism, Nikos Papastergiadis

18. The Cosmopolitanism of the Sacred, Bryan S. Turner

19. Imagining Cosmopolitan Sexualities for a 21st Century, Ken Plummer

20. Themes in Cosmopolitan Education, Matthew J. Hayden

21. Media Cultures and Cosmopolitan Connection, Alexa Robertson

22. Interspecies Cosmopolitanism, Eduardo Mendieta

23. Making Heritage Cosmopolitan, Jasper Chalcraft

24. Bordering and Connectivity: Thinking about Cosmopolitan Borders, Chris Rumford and Anthony Cooper

25. Cosmopolitan Public Space(s), Daniel Innerarity & Ander Errasti

26. Cosmopolitanism in Cities and Beyond, Breda S. A. Yeoh and Weiqiang Lin

Part III: Cosmopolitics

27. Seeking Global Justice: What Kind of Equality Should Guide Cosmopolitans?, Gillian Brock

28. Cosmocitizens?, Richard Vernon

29. Global Civil Society and the Cosmopolitan Ideal, Alexander Hensby and Darren J. O’Byrne

30. The Commons and Cosmopolitanism, Nick Stevenson

31. The Idea of Cosmopolitan Solidarity, Robert Fine

32. Humanitarianism and Cosmopolitanism, Iain Wilkinson

33. A Deeper Framework of Cosmopolitan Justice: Addressing Inequalities in the Era of the Anthropocene, Tracey Skillington

34. Cosmopolitan Care, Mihaela Czobor-Lupp

35. The Internet and Cosmopolitanism, Oliver Hall

36. Cosmopolitanism and Migrant Protests, Tamara Caraus and Camil-Alexandru Parvu

37. Cosmopolitan Diplomacy, Seckin Baris Gulmez

Part IV: World Varieties of Cosmopolitanism

38. Cosmopolitanism in Latin America: Political Practices, Critiques, and Imaginaries, Aurea Mota

39. Caribbean Cosmopolitanism: The View from Ethnography, Huon Wardle

40. Americans and Others: Historical Identity Formation in the United States, Andrew Hartman

41. Cosmopolitanism in Asia, Baogang He and Kevin Brown

42. Benedict Anderson’s Cosmopolitan Leanings and the Question of Southeast Asian Subjectivity, Pheng Cheah

43. Unity in Diversity: The Indian Idea of Cosmopolitanism, Sudarsan Padmanabhan

44. Between Tianzia and PostSocialism: Contemporary Chinese Cosmopolitanism, Lisa Rofel

45. Kyōsei: Japan’s Cosmopolitanism, Yoshino Sugimoto

46. Immigration, Indigeneity and Identity: Cosmopolitanism in Australia and New Zealand, Keith Jacobs and Jeff Malpas

47. Cosmopolitanism in a European context: Reflections on cosmopolitan order in Europe and the EU, Maurice Roche

48. Cosmopolitan Europe: Postcolonial Interventions and Global Transitions, Sandra Ponzanesi

49. Afropolitanism and the End of Black Nationalism, Sarah Balakrishnan

50. Jews and Cosmopolitanism from the Early Modern Age to the Global Era, Michael L. Miller and Scott Urry

About the Editor

Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. His books include The Cosmopolitan Imagination (Cambridge University Press 2009), Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe, 2nd edition(Palgrave 2018), The European Heritage: A Critical Re-interpretation (Routledge 2018) and Community, 3rd edition (Routledge 2018).

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