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Cosmopolitan Modernity


Edited By Anastasia Marinopoulou

This book examines recent debates on the political dynamics of cosmopolitanism, particularly in its connection with European civil society and the public sphere. The aim of the volume is to trace to what extent cosmopolitanism corresponds to «second modernity», with the latter concept referring to the potential for consensus, the creation of multiple political alternatives and the recognition of otherness. The book accordingly explores questions about democratic legitimacy and the formation of social and political institutions and presents empirical research on phenomena such as global violence.
The volume is intended to constitute a cosmopolitan project in itself, comprising contributions from scholars with very diverse approaches. Together, these contributions provide a stimulating analysis of what cosmopolitanism can offer to socially and politically diverse twenty-first-century societies.


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Konstantina E. Botsiou Preface vii Acknowledgements xi Anastasia Marinopoulou Introduction: The Origins of the Second Modernity – Any Political Prospects? 1 Hauke Brunkhorst 1 Some Conceptual and Structural Problems of Global Cosmopolitanism 19 Piet Strydom 2 Cosmopolitization and the Prospects of a Cosmopolitan Modernity 73 Max Preglau 3 Cosmopolitanism and its Enemies: The Return of Nationalism – The Case of Austria 101 Manos Spyridakis 4 Cosmopolitan Possibilities and Ethnographic Realities in the Workplace: The Case of Struggling Employees in the Mass Media Sector 125 vi Robert Fine 5 Cosmopolitanism and Antisemitism: Two Faces of Universality 153 Tracey Skillington 6 Violence, Memory, Time: Towards a Cosmopolitan Model of Learning from Atrocity 177 Kevin McSorley 7 Cosmopolitanism and the Body 203 Anastasia Marinopoulou 8 Defining Cosmopolitanism: European Politics of the Twenty-First Century 221 Jens Greve 9 Differentiation, Class Formation and Elite-Network Structures in World Society 247 Notes on Contributors 277 Bibliography 281 Index 317

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