Eddy Kent, Terri Tomsky
McGill-Queen’s University Press
Events such as debt, climate change, and refugee crises, as well as issues concerning the security of our essential resources, acts of terrorism, and natural disasters, demand that a global perspective be taken into consideration by newscasters and journalists. In the 20th century, the world looked to formal institutions of global governance like the World Bank, the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court for solutions to its problems. In contrast, today's responses to the realities of the world are frequently more impromptu, provisional, and contingent. Tracing this uneven historical past in order to recognise main actors, contending ideologies, and opposing rhetoric, Negative Cosmopolitanism (PDF) questions the Kantian absolute best of cosmopolitanism as the basis for permanent world peace.
The essays in this volume examine the entanglement of cosmopolitanism within rising networks of commerce and world capital from the eighteenth century to the present day. These essays bring together literary scholars with researchers working on modern issues and those studying related aspects of the past, such as industrial capitalism, slavery, and company imperialism. The contributors, by doing this, illustrate the mechanisms by which entire nations have been unwillingly caught up in a capitalist reality that has very little in common with the earlier beliefs of cosmopolitanism. Negative Cosmopolitanism is a model for challenging essential and new problems on neoliberalism; colonialism; citizenship; biopolitics; and xenophobia. It also creates a current method of approaching the portrayal of fashionable life and globalization in the past and literature.
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