This book aims to develop a new cosmopolitanism: one that is critical, inclusive, and relevant for the twenty-first century. The first section considers why we should behave as cosmopolitans at all; why do we owe some concept of justice to those who are suffering some form of injustice around the world? The book then moves beyond normative debates, using empirical studies on practical concerns to explore the ways in which we can break with traditional structures, practices, and power inequalities that have been based on disregard and subordination. Extending the scope of cosmopolitanism to incorporate issues such as gender, asylum and identity, to draw on non-Western as well as Western influences, the book re-conceptualizes terms like democracy, refuge and representation, in order to develop more inclusive and cosmopolitan understandings of them.
impressive series of cutting-edge contributions on the topic. Coming from different
perspectives, the chapters seek to steer a path toward a "global critical cosmopolitanism"
- where "critical" does not mean a rejection of the "cosmopolitan ideal" but rather a
more self-reflective approach cognizant of the likely exclusion or repression of
relevant "others" under prevailing power constellations.
Sybille de la Rosa is assistant chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of Heidelberg.