SpringerBriefs in Geography

Local Cosmopolitanism

Imagining and (Re-)Making Privileged Places

Authors: Van Assche, Kristof, Teampău, Petruța

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  • Presents a new perspective on cosmopolitanisms, in the plural
  • Localizes forms and functions of cosmopolitanism in time and place
  • Shows how the global is remade locally, how the whole appears in the parts
  • Sheds a new light on local knowledge, self- governance, planning, development
  • Delineates new spaces for local agency in the age of globalization
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This book offers a unique perspective on cosmopolitanism, examining  the ways it is constructed and reconstructed on the small scale in an ongoing process of matching the local with the global, a process entailing mutual transformation. Based on a wide range of literatures and a series of case studies, it analyzes the different versions and functions of cosmopolitanism and points to the need to critically re-examine current conceptions of globalization.

The book first illustrates the interplay between networks and narratives in the construction of cosmopolitan communities in three specific cities: Trieste, Odessa and Tbilisi. Each has a past more cosmopolitan than the present and each uses that cosmopolitan past to guide them towards the future.

Next, the book focuses on narrative dynamics by isolating several discourses on the cosmopolitan place and figure in European cultural history. It then goes on to detail the internal representations and local functions of larger wholes in smaller communities, shedding a new light on issues of inter- disciplinary interest: self- governance, participation, local knowledge, social memory, scale, planning and development.

Of interest to political scientists, anthropologists, economists, geographers and philosophers, this book offers an insightful contribution to theories of globalization and global/ local interaction, bringing the local discursive mechanics into sharper focus and also emphasizing the semi- autonomous character of narrative constructions of self and community in a larger world.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Local Cosmopolitanism
Book Subtitle
Imagining and (Re-)Making Privileged Places
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-19030-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-19030-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-19029-7
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 131
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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