Cosmopolitanism, Cosmopolitics, and Anthrop
‘‘The unsociable sociability of man.’’
—Immanuel Kant, Fourth Thesis, ‘‘Idea for a Universal Hist
a Cosmological Point of View’’
Vaishnav jan to tada kahayeh /Peer paraiyeh jana re. [A truly realiz
is one who recognizes the pain of others.]
—Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite hymn, sung in the concluding scene
Mehta’s film Water
It is mainly research on transnationalization over the past deca
sociology than in cultural studies, ethnology, ethnography, geogr
that has e√ectively questioned the empirical and methodological as
of mainstream methodological nationalism.
—ulrichbeck, The Cosmopolitan Vision
Cosmopolitanism, the dialectic between cosmos and polis, lies a
a dialectic between the humanities and the social sciences. Asso
with philosophy from Diogenes to Kant, cosmopolitanism can be
uated only in institutional terms [proposition 1]. These institu
terms, many claim, are newly emergent or transformed today, b
a morality of recognizing and working with di√erence and as
forms of institutional life that can handle conflict, complexity
alterity [proposition 2]. Evidence of transformative growth point
cracks in old hegemonic ideologies is often visible first in ‘‘minor
the anecdote, the vignette, the ethnographic incident. These can
the anthropologist as short stories serve the historically minded
ary critic [proposition 3]. These minor loci and forms can ir
hegemonic narratives, like a lose pebble causing the foot to w
They also can open into labyrinths or loose threads of paths and
which hegemonic accounts attempt to erase for the ease of narr
or generalization or simplified model building. Anthropologic
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