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Mobility & Politics

Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Mobility

The Migrant's-Eye View of the World

Authors: Sager, Alex

  • Presents an ethical theory of the polemical topic of migration
  • Critiques contemporary social and normative theories
  • Bridges intellectual divides between the social sciences, political philosophy, and political theory
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About this book

This book proposes a cosmopolitan ethics that calls for analyzing how economic and political structures limit opportunities for different groups, distinguished by gender, race, and class. The author explores the implications of criticisms from the social sciences of Eurocentrism and of methodological nationalism for normative theories of mobility. These criticisms lend support to a cosmopolitan social science that rejects a principled distinction between international mobility and mobility within states and cities. This work has interdisciplinary appeal, integrating the social sciences, political philosophy, and political theory.

About the authors

Alexander Sager is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, USA.

Reviews

“Alex Sager exposes how deeply political philosophy's engagement with migration and human mobility is saturated with nationalist assumptions and how this weakness extends even to work written from a cosmopolitan stance. Drawing on a multidisciplinary literature, he shows how state practices of bordering and exclusion go beyond the regulation of relations between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ and reproduce deep inequalities within cities and states. This engagingly written book is essential reading for political philosophers and theorists of migration who want to reflect on the ethical implications of their own research.” (Chris Bertram, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol)

“A great value of philosophy is that it brings us to examine basic assumptions, which often are hidden and naturalized.  This clear and energetic book does just that. Sager questions our nation-state framework, and by doing this he brings up a much wider range of mobile people, inside national borders as well as outside, rich as well as poor, white as well as colored. His thoughtful review provides important ethical and political insights for a wide audience, experienced professionals to novice students. I recommend this work enthusiastically.”(Josiah Heyman, Director, Center for Inter-American and Border Studies and Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso)

“In clear, accessible prose, Sager challenges deeply-held assumptions about place and belonging, asking us to think of humans as first and foremost a mobile species. Essential reading.” (Reece Jones, Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa)

“Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Mobility is at once rigorous enough to be essential reading for political theorists and empirical researchers, and clear and self-contained enough to serve as an introduction to migration for students and general readers everywhere. Sager's brief manifesto is a morally impassioned and philosophically rigorous call to shake off long-held assumptions and biases that distort research and public debate on migration, and to replace them with a critical cosmopolitanism that is more concerned about how people fare than about who is living where.” (Avery Kolers, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Social Change Program, University of Louisville)

“Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Mobility is a must-read intervention into contemporary liberal political theory from the perspective of the migrant. It offers nothing less than a crushing and systematic critique of the methodological nationalism and sedentarist politics that currently and unfortunately dominates political theory today. In its place Sager puts forward a carefully-argued and much-needed new foundation for contemporary political theory: a critical cosmopolitanism and a political theory of mobility that begins with the primacy of movement and migration. This is the kind of book we need now more than ever.” (Thomas Nail, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Denver)

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • Due: 2018年1月23日
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65759-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 49,99 €
price for China (P.R.) (gross)
  • Due: 2018年1月23日
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65758-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Mobility
Book Subtitle
The Migrant's-Eye View of the World
Authors
Series Title
Mobility & Politics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65759-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65759-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65758-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 103
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