Cosmopolitanism, sociology and the otherness of the other
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.
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|Institution Citation||Argyrou, V. (2015). Cosmopolitanism, sociology and the otherness of the other. Cultural dynamics, 27(3), 341-356. https://doi.org/10.1177/0921374015592653|
|Keywords||Autoimmunity; Cosmopolitanism; Modernity; Otherness; Sociology|
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|Additional Information||Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Cultural dynamics, 2015, v.27, issue 3.|
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