Introduction: German politics and society from a cosmopolitan perspective

Sutherland, Claire (2011) Introduction: German politics and society from a cosmopolitan perspective. German Politics and Society, 29 (3). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1045-0300

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This special issue sets out to examine aspects of German politics, philosophy, and society through the multifaceted lens of cosmopolitanism. A complex and contested concept, cosmopolitanism has particularly important implications for the study of contemporary nation-states, as conventional understandings of bounded territory and sovereignty are reassessed in the context of globalization, migration and transnationalism. Accordingly, this introduction aims to outline several key strands of cosmopolitan thought with reference both to contemporary Germany and the wider global conjuncture, in order to provide a conceptual framework for the articles that follow. It begins by briefly placing cosmopolitanism in the context of the evolving concepts of German Heimat (homeland) and nation, because contemporary cosmopolitanism can only be fully understood in relation to nationalism. It then looks at the relevance of methodological, political and ethical cosmopolitanism for the study of nation-states today, before introducing the five articles in the special issue.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 09:58
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 21:32

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