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Cosmopolitan Vision

ISBN-10: 0745633994
ISBN-13: 9780745633992
Edition: 2006
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Description: In this new book, Ulrich Beck develops his now widely used concepts of second modernity, risk society and reflexive sociology into a radical new sociological analysis of the cosmopolitan implications of globalization. Beck draws extensively on  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

In this new book, Ulrich Beck develops his now widely used concepts of second modernity, risk society and reflexive sociology into a radical new sociological analysis of the cosmopolitan implications of globalization. Beck draws extensively on empirical and theoretical analyses of such phenomena as migration, war and terror, as well as a range of literary and historical works, to weave a rich discursive web in which analytical, critical, and methodological themes intertwine effortlessly. Contrasting a 'cosmopolitan outlook' sharpened by awareness of the transformative and transgressive impacts of globalization with the 'national outlook' neurotically fixated on the familiar reference-points of a world of nation-states - borders, sovereignty, exclusive identities - Beck shows how even opponents of globalization and cosmopolitanism are trapped by the logic of reflexive modernization into promoting the very processes they are opposing. A persistent theme running through Beck's account is his attempt to recover an authentically European tradition of cosmopolitan openness to otherness and tolerance of difference. He suggests that what Europe needs is the courage to unite forms of life which have grown out of language, skin colour, nationality or religion with an awareness that, in a radically insecure world, all are equal and everyone is different.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: What is `Cosmopolitan' about the Cosmopolitan Vision
Cosmopolitan Realism
Global Sense, Sense of Boundarylessness
The Distinction between Philosophical and Social Scientific Cosmopolitanism
The Truth of Others
On the Cosmopolitan Treatment of Difference - Distinctions, Misunderstandings, Paradoxes
Cosmopolitan Society and its Adversaries
Concretizations, Prospects
The Politics of Politics
On the Dialectic of Cosmopolitanization and Anti-Cosmopolitanization
War is Peace
On Postnational War
Cosmopolitan Europe: Reality and Utopia
Notes
References and Bibliography
Index

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