Over the past two decades there has been great interest in cosmopolitanism across the human and social sciences. Where, earlier, it had largely been a term associated with moral and political philosophy, cosmopolitanism has now become a widely-used term in the social sciences. It is now integral to much of cultural, political and social analysis.

This is the first comprehensive survey in one volume of the interdisciplinary field of cosmopolitan studies. With over forty chapters written by leading scholars of cosmopolitanism, this book reflects the broad reception of cosmopolitan thought in a wide variety of disciplines and across international borders. Both comprehensive and innovative in the topics covered, the Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies is divided into four sections:

  • major theoretical debates, where the emphasis is on recent developments
  • cultural topics in the social sciences
  • the politics of cosmopolitanism
  • major world varieties of cosmopolitanism.

The Handbook answers the need to take modern cosmopolitanism out of its exclusive western context and relate it to the historical experiences of other world cultures. This is a major work in defining the emerging field of cosmopolitanism studies.

Throughout, there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, with essays covering philosophy, literary theory, history, international relations, anthropology, communications studies and sociology. The Handbook’s clear and comprehensive style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience across the social sciences and humanities.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction: the emerging field of cosmopolitanism studies

ByGerard Delanty

part |1 pages

Part I Cosmopolitan theory and approaches

chapter 3|9 pages

The idea of critical cosmopolitanism

ByGerard Delanty

chapter 4|13 pages

Cosmopolitanism and the question of universalism

ByDaniel Chernilo

chapter 5|12 pages

The global civilizing role of cosmopolitanism

ByAndrew Linklater

chapter 6|13 pages

World history and cosmopolitanism

ByBo Stråth

chapter 7|16 pages

De-colonial cosmopolitanism and dialogues among civilizations

ByWalter D. Mignolo

chapter 10|11 pages

Performing cosmopolitanism

ByIan Woodward, Zlatko Skrbis

chapter 11|12 pages

What is a world?: On world literature as world-making activity

ByPheng Cheah

part |1 pages

Part II Cosmopolitan cultures

chapter 12|13 pages

Anthropology and the new ethical cosmopolitanism

ByPnina Werbner

chapter 13|12 pages

The persistence of cultural diversity despite cosmopolitanism

ByPippa Norris, Ronald Inglehart

chapter 14|10 pages

Media cultures and cosmopolitan connections

ByAlexa Robertson

chapter 15|10 pages

The cosmopolitanism of the sacred

ByBryan S. Turner

chapter 16|10 pages

Cosmopolitanism, religion and inter-civilizational dialogue

ByHumeira Iqtidar

chapter 17|12 pages

Cosmopolitanism in cities and beyond

ByBrenda S. A. Yeoh, Weiqiang Lin

chapter 18|13 pages

Aesthetic cosmopolitanism

ByNikos Papastergiadis

chapter 20|9 pages

Bordering and connectivity: cosmopolitan opportunities

ByChris Rumford

chapter 21|13 pages

Cosmopolitan memory

ByMax Pensky

chapter 22|9 pages

Cosmopolitan education

ByNoah W. Sobe

chapter 23|12 pages

Interspecies cosmopolitanism

ByEduardo Mendieta

part |1 pages

Part III Cosmopolitics

chapter 24|11 pages

Citizenship of the world revisited

ByEtienne Balibar

chapter 25|14 pages

Global inequality and human rights: a cosmopolitan perspective

ByUlrich Beck

chapter 26|10 pages


ByRichard Vernon

chapter 27|14 pages

A right to politics? Towards an agonistic cosmopolitics of human rights

ByPatrick Hanafin

chapter 28|12 pages

Equality, sufficiency, and global justice

ByGillian Brock

chapter 29|13 pages

Cosmopolitanism and global democratization: Raffaele Marchetti

ByRaffaele Marchetti

chapter 31|11 pages

The idea of cosmopolitan solidarity

ByRobert Fine

chapter 32|13 pages

Global civil society and the cosmopolitan ideal

ByAlexander Hensby and Darren J. O’Byrne

chapter 33|14 pages

Humanitarianism and cosmopolitanism

ByIain Wilkinson

part |1 pages

Part IV World varieties of cosmopolitanism

chapter 35|16 pages

An empirical world of cosmopolitan Asia

ByBaogang He, Kevin M. Brown

chapter 37|11 pages

Kyo-sei: Japan’s cosmopolitanism

ByYoshio Sugimoto

chapter 38|14 pages

Unity in diversity: the Indian cosmopolitan idea

BySudarsan Padmanabhan

chapter 39|14 pages

Africa’s new public cosmopolitans

ByRichard Werbner

chapter 41|12 pages

Ethnographies of cosmopolitanism in the Caribbean

ByHuon Wardle

chapter 45|13 pages

Dangerous liaisons: Jews and cosmopolitanism in modern times

ByMichael L. Miller, Scott Ury