- Subject index
This collection of essays examines the racialized and gendered effects of contemporary politics of belonging, issues which lie at the heart of contemporary political and social lives. It encompasses critical questions of identity and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, emotional attachments, violent conflicts and local/global relationships. The range – geographically, thematically and theoretically - covered by the chapters reflects current concerns in the world today.
Chapter 3: Domestic Cosmopolitanism and Structures of Feeling: The Specificity of London
Domestic Cosmopolitanism and Structures of Feeling: The Specificity of London
The focus of this volume is predominantly on the complex injuries, provenance and practices of racism and xenophobia. In contrast, this article will explore a dialogically related yet more benevolent history of hospitality, sympathy and desire for cultural and racial ‘others’, which together form a cluster of contextually specific attributes that I am here calling ‘domestic cosmopolitanism’ and which raise different issues in relation to the politics of belonging. So in part the piece will engage with debates on cosmopolitanism. The emotions and imaginaries associated with cosmopolitanism as a structure of feeling have largely been neglected by cultural and social theorists concerned with the topic, who ...