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Cosmopolitanism: Uses of the Idea

by Zlatko Skrbis and Ian Woodward SAGE Publications Ltd
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This title offers an illuminating and dynamic account of an often-confusing and widespread concept. Bringing together both historical and contemporary approaches to cosmopolitanism, as well as recognising its multidimensional nature, Skrbis and Woodward manage to show the very essence of cosmopolitanism as a theoretical idea and cultural practice.

Through an exploration of various social fields, such as media, identity and ethics, the book analyses the limits and possibilities of the cosmopolitan turn and explores the different contexts cosmopolitanism theory has been, and still is, applied to.

Critical, diverse and engaging, the book successfully answers questions such as:

-how can we understand cosmopolitanism?

-what is the relationship between cosmopolitanism and ethics?

-what is the relationship between cosmopolitanism and identity?

-how do cosmopolitan networks come into being?

-how do we apply cosmopolitanism theory to contemporary, digital and mediated societies?

This accessible, comprehensive and authoritative title is a must for anyone interested in cultural consumption, contemporary citizenship and identity construction. It will be especially useful for students and scholars within the fields of social theory, ethics, identity politics, cultural diversity and globalisation.

Networks, Cosmoscapes and Encounters
Mediated Cosmopolitanism
Ordinary Cosmopolitanism

A landmark book in cosmopolitanism studies. The authors offer an original treatment of the subject - a cosmopolitanism grounded in real world settings. The focus on encountering cultural diffference is particualrly useful, especially the idea of 'cosmoscapes'. Similarly, the treatment of 'ordinary cosmopolitanism' is a real advance. This is a book that will satisfy readers new to the topic and challenge those who think they already understand cosmopolitanism. Chris RumfordProfessor of Political Sociology and Global Politics, Royal Holloway University of London, UK This book is an important contra point to self-indulging theoretisations on cosmopolitanism. In a very accessible manner it probes the term in various real life situations thereby illustrating how cosmopolitanism can be a grounded, analytical category central to social science. It is a stimulating and valuable resource to scholars working empirically and interested in cosmopolitanism. Magdalena NowickaMax Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, GA┬Âttingen, Germany This book demonstrates the relevance of cosmopolitanism for an understanding of the world today. It brings together very well the diverse strands in the literature. It is written in an accessible and engaging style. Gerard DelantyUniversity of Sussex
Zlatko Skrbis - School of Social Sciences, 9781848606432, Australia

Ian Woodward - Griffith University