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Cosmopolitanism, sociology and the otherness of the other

Argyrou, Vassos

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This article is concerned with the ‘cosmopolitan turn’ in sociology and examines the ways in which the discipline attempts to come to terms with the otherness of the other as a corrective to its own Eurocentrism. It examines in particular the pluralisation of the notion of modernity and argues that although this strategy allows sociology to maintain its disciplinary identity, it falls short of the aim of transforming the discipline into a cosmopolitan discourse. More broadly, the article argues that cosmopolitanism is not a possible object of experience. Like other idealisations, it is plagued by what Derrida calls ‘autoimmunity’ – the tendency to self-destruct.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-11
Journal Cultural dynamics
Print ISSN 0921-3740
Electronic ISSN 1461-7048
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 341-356
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0921374015592653
Keywords Autoimmunity; Cosmopolitanism; Modernity; Otherness; Sociology
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0921374015592653
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