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 recognizing 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.



The ideas of cosmopolitanism and citizenship appear to be in a contradictory relationship: whereas cosmopolitanism implies a sense of belonging that transcends the immediate and local, the idea of citizenship most commonly indicates a formal tie with a specific community or state. This tension is most evident when we think of citizenship as a formal tie which binds citizens to the nation-state. The nation-state represents what Giddens (1994) called a ‘power container’ with a totalising, homogenising and formally equalising effect. It implies a bounded community and imposes a set of cultural norms and expectations, loyalty and exclusivity. It is also often inherently connected to the principle which binds the community together (e.g. blood or territory), and determines the incorporation (naturalisation) rules for the outsiders. ...

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