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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

A Response to Nigel Rapport’s ‘Cosmopolitan Politesse’

Marilyn Strathern

, anthropologists use generalised human means to judge local actions. Acting in this way (when it becomes an ethic) is a mark of the cosmopolitan politesse he would see as a potential vector of a Western, liberal, moral vision, with its sense of the realities of

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Edited by Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey

relevance taken on by the ‘new’ economic criticism in the study of his uniquely cosmopolitan afterlife. The editors are very grateful to the conference organizers, Carla Dente and Sara Soncini, for their assistance in facilitating this special issue.

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Bringing into View

Knowledge Fields and Sociolegal Phenomena

Narmala Halstead

-ethnicity’ also allows for a familiarity with strange others to facilitate common spaces of interaction. Their contextual appearances might be compared with particular understandings of cosmopolitanism which allow for ideas of competence as ability to act and be

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Donna Houston, Diana McCallum, Wendy Steele, and Jason Byrne

watchwords that present it as ‘approximately normal’” ( 2005: 998 ). Stengers’ cosmopolitics are different to cosmopolitanism ( Beck 2007 ) and cosmopolis ( Sandercock 1998 ; Sandercock and Lyssiotis 2003 ), which are two concepts that are more familiar

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In the Eyes of Some Britons

Aleppo, an Enlightenment City

Mohammad Sakhnini

eighteenth century to show how recent British fear of Islam and Muslim refugees is not consistent with previous cosmopolitan encounters many Britons experienced in eighteenth-century Syria. These Britons, mostly from the middle and upper classes who visited

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Margareta von Oswald and Verena Rodatus

particular cases. Sharon Macdonald has referred to “normative cosmo-optimism” as the “view that cosmopolitanism is a good thing” (2013: 190). “Cosmo-optimistic” thus clearly links to cosmopolitan thought and has, by dint of the “optimistic,” a normative or

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Juliano Fiori

migration that do more than resist ? JF : Any cosmopolitan response to migration is an act of resistance to the political organization of the interstate system. 4 As blood-and-soil politicians now threaten to erect walls around the nation-state, the

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Decolonising Borders

Re-imagining Strangeness and Spaces

John Sodiq Sanni

seek to address in this article. First, I show how colonialism created systematic divisions of spaces, borders and strangeness. Second, I engage two main strands of migration discourse, namely, the ‘statist’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ strands. Third, I show how

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Alexander Weiss

gap: Theoretical debates, for example, on transnational and cosmopolitan democracy ( Dryzek 2002 ; Bray and Slaughter 2015 ), or on global democracy ( Scholte 2012 ), have been framed as reactions to the fact that democracy today is a global

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Johannes Görbert, Russ Pottle, Jeff Morrison, Pramod K. Nayar, Dirk Göttsche, Lacy Marschalk, Dorit Müller, Angela Fowler, Rebecca Mills, and Kevin Mitchell Mercer

perform this cosmopolitan imagining and reimagining of center and periphery, further complicated by their own relationship with Britain and the rest of Europe. Using four major British writers—Ann Radcliffe, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, and Bram Stoker