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Cosmopolitan Modernity

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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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7 Cosmopolitanism and the Body (Kevin McSorley)

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Kevin McSorley 7 Cosmopolitanism and the Body Introduction This paper attempts to think through some of the ways in which the rela- tionships between cosmopolitanism and embodiment have been under- stood in social theory and analysis. The discourse of cosmopolitanism has been fertile ground for scholarship in the humanities and social and political sciences over recent decades. A vast, and ever proliferating, array of analyses have interrogated and elaborated the philosophical genealogies, conceptual boundaries and possible futures of cosmopolitanism. Although often criticized for being overly abstract and self-referential, analysis of cosmopolitanism has become a significant site for the investment of aca- demic labour, the reimagining of political potential, and the envisioning of democratic alternatives. Cosmopolitanism has been a discourse through which a certain utopian promise of world citizenship has been articulated, even if this promise has often been rather indistinct and deferred, a fore- shadowing of potential to come rather than any clear picture of the here- and-now. However, understood as a form of utopian social theory, much cosmopolitan discourse has attempted to interpret present conditions so as to reveal latent tendencies in the world, and hence ‘to help realize the not-yet of human being’.1 Attempted enunciation of the cosmopolitan promise has a long his- tory that reaches far back beyond the structural conditions of modernity, 1 Michael Jacobsen and Keith Tester, ‘Utopia as a Topic for Social Theory’ in Michael Jacobsen and Keith Tester, eds, Utopia: Social Theory and the Future (Farnham: Ashgate 2012), 3. 204 Kevin McSorley to...

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