November 2007, Polity
Just as the Peace of Westphalia brought the religious civil wars
of the seventeenth century to an end through the separation of
church and state, so too the separation of state and nation
represents the appropriate response to the horrors of the twentieth
century. And just as the secular state makes the exercise of
different religions possible, so too cosmopolitan Europe must
guarantee the coexistence of different ethnic, religious and
political forms of life across national borders based on the
principle of cosmopolitan tolerance.
The task the authors have set themselves in this book is nothing
less than to rethink Europe as an idea and a reality. It represents
an attempt to understand the process of Europeanization in light of
the theory of reflexive modernization and thereby to redefine it at
both the theoretical and the political level.
This book completes Ulrich Beck’s trilogy on ‘cosmopolitan realism’, the volumes of which complement each other and can be read independently. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the key social and political developments of our time.
Chapter 1: Introduction: The European Malady and Why the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Europe Could Evolve.
Chapter 2: The Reflexive Modernization of Europe.
Chapter 3: The Cosmopolitan Empire: The State and Power in the Case of Europeanization.
Chapter 4: Europe's Social Arena: On the Variable Dynamic of her Borders.
Chapter 5: Strategies for the Cosmopolitanization of Europe.
Chapter 6: Diversity and Acceptance: Pan-European Social Conflict and the Political Dynamic.
Chapter 7: On the Dialectics of Globalization and Europeanization:Without Oppositions to a Cosmopolitan Europe.
Chapter 8: A Cosmopolitan Vision for Europe.
- Brilliant new work by Ulrich Beck, one of the leading social
thinkers of our time written with an eminent scholar of
- 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
globalization in Europe.
- 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
- An essential text for students and scholars in sociology and
- This book completes Ulrich Beck’s trilogy on
‘cosmopolitan realism', whose volumes complement each other
and can be read independently.
- The Cosmopolitan Vision develops the theoretical perspective which in Power in the Global Age is applied to key issues concerning the postnational legitimation of political power and, finally, in Cosmopolitan Europe, is tested against a special case, the unknown Europe in which we live.
Ranier Fsadni, Times of Malta
"This is an important, highly relevant, and compelling book. It
will be valuable to anyone who is interested in the present state
and future of Europe."
James Rosenau, George Washington University