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.

Networks, Cosmoscapes and Encounters

Networks, cosmoscapes and encounters

As a political philosophy and normative ideal, as well as a theory explaining the nature and quality of social experiences, cosmopolitanism is based upon institutional and ethical transformations which increase possibilities for self and societal exchange and transformations resulting from encounters with cultural difference. As Delanty (2011, 2012) has recently argued, a theory of cosmopolitanism needs to unite different levels of analysis, placing cosmopolitanism within a historical and developmental context, but also understanding it through grounded approaches which allow us to comprehend its practical dimensions. Offering a theory based on a synthesis of epistemological approaches, he argues that what is required is “a sociological method of analysis and a theoretical framework capable of offering an account of how ...

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