April 2006, Polity
Contrasting a ‘cosmopolitan vision’ or
‘outlook’ sharpened by awareness of the transformative
and transgressive impacts of globalization with the ‘national
outlook’ neurotically fixated on the familiar reference
points of a world of nations-states-borders, sovereignty, exclusive
identities-Beck shows how even opponents of globalization and
cosmopolitanism are trapped by the logic of reflexive modernization
into promoting the very processes they are opposing.
A persistent theme running through the book is the attempt to recover an authentically European tradition of cosmopolitan openness to otherness and tolerance of difference. What Europe needs, Beck argues, is the courage to unite forms of life which have grown out of language, skin colour, nationality or religion with awareness that, in a radically insecure world, all are equal and everyone is different.
Introduction: What is 'Cosmopolitan' about the Cosmopolitan Vision.
Global Sense, Sense of Boundarylessness: The Distinction between Philosophical and Social Scientific Cosmopolitanism.
The Truth of Others: On the Cosmopolitan Treatment of Difference - Distinctions, Misunderstandings, Paradoxes.
Cosmopolitan Society and its Adversaries.
The Politics of Politics: On the Dialectic of Cosmopolitanization and Anti-Cosmopolitanization.
War is Peace: On Postnational War.
Cosmopolitan Europe: Reality and Utopia.
References and Bibliography.
- A major new book by one of the leading social thinkers of our time.
- Beck develops his now classic concepts of second modernity,
risk society and reflexive sociology into a radical new
sociological analysis of the cosmopolitan implications of
- Beck draws extensively on empirical and theoretical analyses of such phenomena as migration, war and terror, as well as a range of literary and historical works.
- A persistent theme running through Beck’s reflections is his attempt to recover an authentically European tradition of cosmopolitan openness and otherness and tolerance of difference.
Journal of Sociology
"Beck's contribution to the normative construction of a cosmopolitan vision in the world today inspires hope and confidence in a new era of global political and social relations."
Australian Journal of Political Science
"Once again, Ulrich Beck has brought a distinctive perspective
to a major social issue. He rightly sees that cosmopolitanism
cannot simply be wished into reality but can only be achieved on
the basis of confronting basic issues of social inequality. We need
to pay attention."
Craig Calhoun, New York University