United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalization

Theodossopoulos, Dimitrios and Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth, eds. (2010) United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalization. Berghahn, 192 pp. ISBN 9781845456306. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Cosmopolitanism is often discussed in a critical and disapproving manner: as a concept complicit with the interests of the powerful, or as a notion related to Western political supremacy, the ills of globalization, inequality, and capitalist economic penetration. Seen as the moral justification for embracing or tolerating cultural difference, ethnically and socially diverse communities unenthusiastic with change, develop an acknowledgement of their common position vis-à-vis a western, “universal” political point of view. By means of exploring the idiosyncratic form of political intimacy generated by anti-cosmopolitanism, and assuming an analytical and critical stance towards the concepts of parochialism and localism, this volume examines the political consciousness of such negatively predisposed actors, and it attempts to explain their reservation towards the sincerity of international politics, their reliance on conspiracy theories or nationalist narratives, their introversion.

Item Type: Edited book
Uncontrolled keywords: Anti-globalisation; Counter-cosmopolitanism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 21:22
Last Modified: 29 May 2013 17:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28761 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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