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Critical Perspectives, Relationalities and Discontents
Edited by Nina Glick Schiller and Andrew Irving
264 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78238-445-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2014)
ISBN 978-1-78533-506-8 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (April 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78238-446-5 eBook
“The strengths of this volume are numerous. It is interdisciplinary, contains ethnographic original data, and is extremely well organized despite its complexity and high number of chapters. It is also appealing to a large audience including the undergraduate and graduate students, and scholars in the disciplines of cultural studies, anthropology and sociology, migration, international development and religious studies…This collection, without hesitation, is an asset, a timely contribution to a number of fields.” · Anthropological Forum
“This book is a timely, much needed, rich and multifaceted tapestry on cosmopolitanism in today’s world… this book is more than very timely for anybody engaging research and taking a practical action to create the world a better place for those who are displaced… I imagine that this book would quickly find its way into required reading lists for the growing number of researchers questioning cosmopolitanism and postcolonialism from various disciplinary angles and migration scholars, in particular.” · Anthropological Notebooks
“…an interesting collected volume on what has become a much-discussed theme. The combination of disciplines and the critical conversation it builds up make this a worthwhile addition to the debate.” · Huon Wardle, University of St. Andrews
The term cosmopolitan is increasingly used within different social, cultural and political settings, including academia, popular media and national politics. However those who invoke the cosmopolitan project rarely ask whose experience, understanding, or vision of cosmopolitanism is being described and for whose purposes? In response, this volume assembles contributors from different disciplines and theoretical backgrounds to examine cosmopolitanism’s possibilities, aspirations and applications—as well as its tensions, contradictions, and discontents—so as to offer a critical commentary on the vital but often neglected question: whose cosmopolitanism? The book investigates when, where, and how cosmopolitanism emerges as a contemporary social process, global aspiration or emancipatory political project and asks whether it can serve as a political or methodological framework for action in a world of conflict and difference.
Nina Glick Schiller is Founding Director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Culture, Professor Emeritus of the University of Manchester and the University of New Hampshire. She serves as an Associate of the Max Planck Institutes of Social Anthropology, of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, and of COMPAS, Oxford University. Recent publications include Global Regimes of Mobilities (2012 Routledge), Beyond Methodological Nationalism (2012 Routledge), and Locating Migration (2011 Cornell).
Andrew Irving is Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. His research areas include sensory perception, time, illness, death, urban anthropology, and experimental methods. Recent publications include Beyond Text: Critical Practices and Sensory Anthropology (2014 Manchester University Press) and “The Suicidal Mind” in Mediating and Remediating Death (2014 Ashgate).
Subject: General Anthropology
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Introduction: What’s In a Word? What’s in a Question?
Andrew Irving and Nina Glick Schiller
PART I: THE QUESTION OF WHOSE COSMOPOLITANISM? PROVOCATIONS AND RESPONSES
Chapter 1. Whose Cosmopolitanism? Multiple, Globally Enmeshed and Subaltern
Chapter 2. Whose Cosmopolitanism? Genealogies of Cosmopolitanism
Chapter 3. Whose Cosmopolitanism? And Whose Humanity?
Nina Glick Schiller
Chapter 4. Whose Cosmopolitanism? The Violence of Idealizations and the Ambivalence of Self
Chapter 5. Whose Cosmopolitanism? Postcolonial Criticism and The Realities of Neo-Colonial Power
Chapter 6. The Performativity and Suspension of Disbelief
Chapter 7. What Do We Do With Cosmopolitanism?
Chapter 8. Cosmopolitan Theory and the Daily Pluralism of Life
Chapter 9. Chance, Contingency and the Face to Face Encounter
Chapter 10. Cosmopolitanism and Intelligibility
PART II: THE QUESTIONS OF WHERE, WHEN, HOW, AND WHETHER: TOWARDS A PROCESSUAL SITUATED COSMOPOLITANISM
Whose Encounters, Landscapes and Displacements?
Chapter 11. ‘It’s Cool to be Cosmo’: Tibetan Refugees, Indian Hosts, Richard Gere and ‘Crude Cosmopolitanism' in Dharamsala
Chapter 12. Diasporic Cosmopolitanism: Migrants, Sociabilities and City-Making
Nina Glick Schiller
Chapter 13. Freedom and Laughter in an Uncertain World: Language, Expression and Cosmopolitanism Experience
Cinema, Literature and the Social Imagination
Chapter 14. Narratives of Exile: Cosmopolitanism beyond the Liberal Imagination
Chapter 15. The Uneasy Cosmopolitans of Code Unknown
Chapter 16. Pregnant Possibilities: Cosmopolitanism, Kinship and Reproductive Futurism in Maria Full of Grace and In America
Chapter 17. Backstage/Onstage Cosmopolitanism: Jia Zhangke’s The World
Endless War or Domains of Sociability? Conflict, Instabilities and Aspirations
Chapter 18. Politics, Cosmopolitics and Preventive Development at the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border
Chapter 19. Memory of War and Cosmopolitan Solidarity
Chapter 20. Cosmopolitanism and Conviviality in an Age of Perpetual War
Notes on Contributors
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