Are there any cultural universals left? Does multiculturalism inevitably involve a slide into moral relativism? This timely and insightful book examines questions of politics and identity in the age of multicultures. It draws together the contribution of outstanding contributors such as Fraser, Honneth, O'Neill, Bauman, Lister, Gilroy and De Swann to explore how difference and multiculturalism take on the arguments of universalist humanism. The approach taken derives from the traditions of cultural sociology and cultural studies rather than political science and philosophy. The book takes seriously the argument that the social bond and recognition are in danger through globalization and deterritorialization. It is a major contribution to the emerging debate on the form of post-national forms of civil society.

Vertigo and Emancipation, Creole Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Politics

Vertigo and Emancipation, Creole Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Politics

Vertigo and emancipation, creole cosmopolitanism and cultural politics

IN THIS article, I wish to explore the meanings and politics of Creole cosmopolitanism. The term ‘Creole’, which takes different meanings with regard to its geographical, linguistic and historical location,1 refers here to the identities created in the Creole societies of the French colonial empire – Martinique, Guadeloupe, Réunion Island – slave societies, colonies of France and, since 1946, French overseas departments. Cosmopolitanism, a term which has reappeared in recent years to describe an alternative way of being-in-the world that challenges national identity,2 is taken here to describe the politics of Creole intellectuals who, whether during colonial times or in our current postcolonial times, projected themselves onto the world from ...

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