Locating Cosmopolitanism: Between Humanist Ideal and Grounded Social Category

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Title Locating Cosmopolitanism: Between Humanist Ideal and Grounded Social Category
Author Skrbis, Zlatko; Kendall, Gavin; Woodward, Ian Stuart
Journal Name Theory, Culture & Society
Editor Mike Featherstone
Year Published 2004
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract The emerging interdisciplinary body of cosmopolitanism research has established a promising field of theoretical endeavour by bringing into focus questions concerning globalization, nationalism, population movements, cultural values and identity. Yet, despite its potential importance, what characterizes recent cosmopolitanism research is an idealist sentiment that considerably marginalizes the significance of the structures of nation-state and citizenship, while leaving unspecified the empirical sociological dimensions of cosmopolitanism itself. Our critique aims at making cosmopolitanism a more productive analytical tool. We argue for a cosmopolitanism that consists of conceptually and empirically identifiable values and outlooks. While there has been some progress made in this direction in the recent literature on cosmopolitanism, most writing still considers cosmopolitanism as something so delicate that it cannot be measured. Furthermore, in order to appreciate the full currency of the concept, we argue that researchers must not only agree on some common determinants of cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan dispositions, but also ground their analyses of cosmopolitanism in the context of enduring nation-state structures.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://tcs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/21/6/115
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in Theory, Culture & Society. This journal is available online: http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/vol21/issue6/
Volume 21
Issue Number 6
Page from 115
Page to 136
ISSN 0263-2764
Date Accessioned 2005-05-05
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Social Theory
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5017
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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