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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou

Theodossopoulos, D. & Kirtsoglou, E. (2010). United in Discontent: Local Responses to Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Globalization. Oxford: Berghahn.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Cosmopolitanism is often discussed in a critical and disapproving manner: as a concept complicit with the interests of the powerful, or as a notion related to Western political supremacy, the ills of globalization, inequality, and capitalist economic penetration. Seen as the moral justification for embracing or tolerating cultural difference, ethnically and socially diverse communities unenthusiastic with change, develop an acknowledgement of their common position vis-à-vis a western, “universal” political point of view. By means of exploring the idiosyncratic form of political intimacy generated by anti-cosmopolitanism, and assuming an analytical and critical stance towards the concepts of parochialism and localism, this volume examines the political consciousness of such negatively predisposed actors, and it attempts to explain their reservation towards the sincerity of international politics, their reliance on conspiracy theories or nationalist narratives, their introversion.