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Whose Cosmopolitanism?
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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.
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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction: What's In a Word? What's in a Question?Andrew Irving and Nina Glick SchillerPART I: THE QUESTION OF WHOSE COSMOPOLITANISM? PROVOCATIONS AND RESPONSESProvocationsChapter 1. Whose Cosmopolitanism? Multiple, Globally Enmeshed and SubalternGyan PrakashChapter 2. Whose Cosmopolitanism? Genealogies of CosmopolitanismGalin TihanovChapter 3. Whose Cosmopolitanism? And Whose Humanity?Nina Glick SchillerChapter 4. Whose Cosmopolitanism? The Violence of Idealizations and the Ambivalence of SelfJackie StaceyChapter 5. Whose Cosmopolitanism? Postcolonial Criticism and The Realities of Neo-Colonial PowerRobert SpencerResponsesChapter 6. The Performativity and Suspension of DisbeliefJacqueline RoseChapter 7. What Do We Do With Cosmopolitanism?David HarveyChapter 8. Cosmopolitan Theory and the Daily Pluralism of LifeTariq RamadanChapter 9. Chance, Contingency and the Face to Face EncounterAndrew Irving Chapter 10. Cosmopolitanism and IntelligibilitySivamohan ValluvanPART II: THE QUESTIONS OF WHERE, WHEN, HOW, AND WHETHER: TOWARDS A PROCESSUAL SITUATED COSMOPOLITANISMWhose Encounters, Landscapes and Displacements?Chapter 11. 'It's Cool to be Cosmo': Tibetan Refugees, Indian Hosts, Richard Gere and 'Crude Cosmopolitanism' in DharamsalaAtreyee SenChapter 12. Diasporic Cosmopolitanism: Migrants, Sociabilities and City-MakingNina Glick SchillerChapter 13. Freedom and Laughter in an Uncertain World: Language, Expression and Cosmopolitanism ExperienceAndrew IrvingCinema, Literature and the Social ImaginationChapter 14. Narratives of Exile: Cosmopolitanism beyond the Liberal ImaginationGalin Tihanov Chapter 15. The Uneasy Cosmopolitans of Code UnknownJackie Stacey Chapter 16. Pregnant Possibilities: Cosmopolitanism, Kinship and Reproductive Futurism in Maria Full of Grace and In AmericaHeather LatimerChapter 17. Backstage/Onstage Cosmopolitanism: Jia Zhangke's The WorldFelicia Chan Endless War or Domains of Sociability? Conflict, Instabilities and AspirationsChapter 18. Politics, Cosmopolitics and Preventive Development at the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan BorderMadeleine ReevesChapter 19. Memory of War and Cosmopolitan SolidarityEwa OchmanChapter 20. Cosmopolitanism and Conviviality in an Age of Perpetual WarPaul GilroyNotes on ContributorsIndex

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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).

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"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

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