9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN29 Social Theory

2009-09-03 13:30:00 2009-09-03 15:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 13:30 - 15:00 European / International Sociology: "Whose Cosmopolitanism?" - Solidarity - Legitimacy Building AA, AA.329

Whose Cosmopolism?

During the last decade, a new kind of approach has been on the rise in international sociology: studies on cosmopolitanism. Many prominent sociologists and social theorists have intervened: Ulrich Beck, Paul Gilroy, Craig Calhoun, David Held, to name a few of the most well-known. However, it would seem that most have focused only on certain aspects of what the term "cosmopolis" might imply (and perhaps should imply). The predominant interest has been in the politological (or political sociological) aspect of the polis component, while much less attention has been given to the cosmos component as well as to the urban aspect of the polis component.

In this paper, I shall present some criticism of these omissions in cosmopolitanism studies. Moreover, I shall sketch some perspectives that might arise, if the component of the cosmos (world, Welt) and the urban dimension of the polis component is taken serious. More specifically, I shall look at the possible contributions of urban cultural sociology, sexuality studies and the sociology of religions (or more broadly, the sociology of "world views").