Cosmopolitanism, sociology and the otherness of the other

Argyrou, Vassos

School of Social Sciences
Autoimmunity; Cosmopolitanism; Modernity; Otherness; Sociology
2015

Journal article


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©2015 University of Hull
Abstract

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.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
206 KB
Identifier
hull:11849

Journal

Journal title
Cultural dynamics
Publication date
2015
Publisher
Sage Publications
DOI
10.1177/0921374015592653
ISSN (Print)
0921-3740
ISSN (Electronic)
1461-7048
Volume
27
Issue
3
Start page
341
End page
356
Notes

Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Cultural dynamics, 2015, v.27, issue 3.

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