Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory by Chris Rumford

By Chris Rumford

The ebook advances a provocative severe studying of either globalization idea and modern Europe. interested in questions of house, borders and governance, Cosmpolitan areas challeges traditional notions of cosmopolitanism and its relevance to conceptualizations of house, and provides a clean tackle the that means and implications of globalization.

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The EU now encourages polycentric development, with a large number of centres of growth within Europe, and indeed with individual member states, in tandem with aiming for greater territorial cohesion. In this sense, the idea of polycenticity has a clear connection with the self-image of the EU as a monotopia, discussed earlier. In relation to theorizing borders, the spatial notion of polycentricity points us in the direction of the shifting borders of economic governance, borders that are being rescaled away from the traditional ‘levels’ found within the national state and towards the European city, the assumed centre of growth and site of the accommodation of the global.

Another is that it makes no sense to lump together the ‘grand talk of contemporary social theory’ as if it were a coherent school of thought. Castells’ work on network Europe does not fit seamlessly alongside Meyer’s cultural globalization approach to Europe’s Otherness, or Beck’s work on the cosmopolitanization of Europe. Social theory approaches have given rise to a disparate body of work which shares few common reference points. This is born out by the enormous variety of recent work on topics such as mobilities, hybridity, governmentality, risk society, the public sphere, post-national citizenship, Europeanization, and borderlands, for example.

However, even though the ‘problem’ has became recognised by sociologists 20 Cosmopolitan Spaces there has still not been a marked shift towards sociological studies of European integration. Sociologists are well aware that they are absent from EU studies, and, it might be inferred, are not unhappy in this knowledge. They also recognise (implicitly if not explicitly) that the questions at the core of European integration studies—the extent to which the EU resembles a state, the progression towards ‘ever closer union’, the commitment of the United Kingdom to the EU project—are not necessarily the most urgent questions we need to be asking about contemporary Europe.

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