Anyone: The Cosmopolitan Subject of Anthropology (Methodology & History in Anthropology 24)
By: Nigel Rapport (author)Paperback
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The significance that people grant to their affiliations as members of nations, religions, classes, races, ethnicities and genders is evidence of the vital need for a cosmopolitan project that originates in the figure of Anyone - the universal and yet individual human being. Cosmopolitanism offers an alternative to multiculturalism, a different vision of identity, belonging, solidarity and justice, that avoids the seemingly intractable character of identity politics: it identifies samenesses of the human condition that underlie the surface differences of history, culture and society, nation, ethnicity, religion, class, race and gender. This book argues for the importance of cosmopolitanism as a theory of human being, as a methodology for social science and as a moral and political program.
Nigel Rapport is Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies at the University of St. Andrews, where he directs the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies. He has also held a Canada Research Chair in Globalization, Citizenship and Justice. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements INTRODUCTION: INTENT AND STRUCTURE A cosmopolitan project 'Everyman' and 'Anyone' Singular values Cosmopolitanism and liberalis Category-thinking and politeness Dead dogma? Envoi PART 1. COSMOPOLITANISM AND COSMOPOLIS: DEFINITIONS AND ISSUES 1.1 A History and Overview Founding moments Contemporary Voices and Issues * Cosmopolitanism is a specific kind of morality * Cosmopolitanism is a specific kind of normative programme * Cosmopolitanism is a specific kind of social condition * Cosmopolitanism is a specific kind of attitude or orientation * The cosmopolitan is a specific kind of actor Anthropological Critiques * Epistemological critique of cosmopolitanism * Real-political critique of cosmopolitanism * Cosmopolitanisms 1.2 A Cosmopolitan Project for Anthropology What cosmopolitanism is and what it is not * Multiculturalism, Utilitarianism, Globalization, Pluralism * Human universalism and cultural diversity * Voluntarism and community belonging * The fluidity of experience Cosmopolitan hope * Human Rights, World Cities, Worldwide Issues * Global governance * Cosmopolitan politesse PART II: 'MY NAME IS RICKEY HIRSCH': A LIFE IN SIX ACTS, WITH MARGINALIA AND A CODA Act I Notes in the Margin I Act II Notes in the Margin II Act III Notes in the Margin III Act IV Notes in the Margin IV Act V Act VI Coda PART III: ANYONE IN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: EVIDENCING AND ENGAGING 3.1 Personal Truth, Subjectivity as Truth Introduction A Kierkegaardian excursus Personal truth as political and physiological Personal truth as physical environment Nietzsche's 'night-time' (Umnachtung) Conclusion: The pragmatism of personal truth 3.2 Generality, Distortion and Gratuitousness Introduction Simmel's distortions Beyond Simmel Generality and the route to human science * Modelling the one and the whole * Bodily characteristics as individual and general Generality and the route to liberal society Conclusion: Distortion revisited 3.3 Public and Private: Civility as Politesse Introduction: 'Politesse' Politesse as naturally occurring * Anthropology and interactional routine * Anthropology and communication Politesse as political policy * Anthropology and global society * Politesse as ethos of global becoming Politesse as lived practice * Case-studies of complex society * Invitation to politesse Conclusion: Good manners AFTERWORD: JEWISH COSMOPOLITANISM Jew, Israeli, Cosmopolitan Bibliography Index
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