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Cosmopolitanism (a Public Culture Book) Paperback – May 10, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0822328995 ISBN-10: 0822328992

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Product Details

  • Series: a Public Culture Book
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (May 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822328992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822328995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]he contributors provide a provocation, challenging scholars to integrate cosmopolitanism into social theory and critical practice." --Stephen William Foster, "American Ethnologist"

About the Author

Carol A. Breckenridge teaches at the in the department of South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago and is the founding editor of Public Culture.

Sheldon Pollock is George V. Bobrinskoy Professor of Sanskrit and Indic Studies at the University of Chicago.

Homi K. Bhabha is Professor of English and African-American Studies at Harvard University.

Dipesh Chakrabarty teaches in the departments of history and South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago.

Sheldon Pollock is the The William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and

Indian Studies in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and

Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of

The language of the gods in the world of men : Sanskrit,

culture, and power in premodern India (2006) and editor of a number


FROM SOUTH ASIA (2003) and (w/Homi Bhabha, Carol Breckenridge, and

Dipesh Chakrabarty) COSMOPOLITANISM (Duke, 2002).

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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin Centner on July 4, 2013
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This book was one of several purchased to understand the concept of Cosmopolitanism. The term has many interpretations. Broadly, cosmopolitans envision both universal universal rights and mutual obligations that extend globally, not just nationally. It also refers to a viewpoint that seeks to understand foreign traditions and cultures, and a willingness to adopt useful or pleasant aspects of other traditions. Of the five books purchased, this one was useless. The reviewer would actually be hard pressed to explain exactly what the book is, or about. It is filled with odd jargon and strange sentences. Here is an example:

"If postcolonial Africa is off the cosmopolitan map for Kant or the Stoics, consider what could be learned (both in terms of the possibilities and tensions of cosmopolitanism) from the biography of a rural Senegalese Muslim brotherhood and its transformation into one of the most remarkable global trading networks of the contemporary world; or from the recent history of the photographed and aestheticized body in Senegal, and its negotiation with trans-African, Islamicate, and cosmopolitan norms of eros--especially eros that sells."

The binding encases an enormous amount of weird thinking, poor writing and frankly unintelligible leftist musings.

For those seeking to understand the concept of Cosmopolitanism, please see "Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time)" by Kwame Anthony Appiah and The Cosmopolitanism Reader" by Garrett Wallace Brown and David Held. Both are available via Amazon.
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