Cosmopolitanism, the nation-state and imaginative realism

Kendall, Gavin, Skrbis, Zlatko and Woodward, Ian (2008) Cosmopolitanism, the nation-state and imaginative realism. Journal of Sociology, 44 4: 401-417. doi:10.1177/1440783308097129

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Author Kendall, Gavin
Skrbis, Zlatko
Woodward, Ian
Title Cosmopolitanism, the nation-state and imaginative realism
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783308097129
Volume 44
Issue 4
Start page 401
End page 417
Total pages 17
Editor David Plummer
Margaret Gibson
Peter Corrigan
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
160806 Social Theory
160805 Social Change
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Contemporary writing on cosmopolitanism has asserted the need for a new sociological toolkit to deal with an emergent post-national social order. At the heart of this agenda is a misunderstanding about the role of the nation-state, which has led to some rather unhelpful theorizations. The state is assumed to be a dead hand in the development of post-national sentiments or an increasingly irrelevant social structure. We argue that the superseding of the nation-state is not necessary for the development of cosmopolitan sentiments of solidarity. In addition to classical sociology, it is work surrounding the concepts of cosmopolitan democracy and constitutional patriotism and the public sphere that can assist us in theorizing cosmopolitanism. What distinguishes this tradition is the utilization of social science concepts such as democracy, state. public sphere and law in an attempt to ground the idea of cosmopolitanism within the context of existing social structures.

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