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Author Assche, Kristof Van,
Title Local cosmopolitanism : imagining and (re- )making privileged places / Kristof Van Assche, Petruta Teampau.
Imprint Cham : Springer, 2015.

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Author Assche, Kristof Van,
Series SpringerBriefs in geography, 2211-4165
SpringerBriefs in geography. 2211-4165
Subject Cosmopolitanism.
City planning -- Social aspects.
Sociology, Urban.
Alt Name Teampău, Petruţa, 1977-
Description 1 online resource (vi, 131 pages) : illustrations (some color).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary This book offers a unique perspective on cosmopolitanism, examining the ways it is constructed and reconstructed on the small scale in an ongoing process of matching the local with the global, a process entailing mutual transformation. Based on a wide range of literatures and a series of case studies, it analyzes the different versions and functions of cosmopolitanism and points to the need to critically re-examine current conceptions of globalization. The book first illustrates the interplay between networks and narratives in the construction of cosmopolitan communities in three specific cities: Trieste, Odessa and Tbilisi. Each has a past more cosmopolitan than the present and each uses that cosmopolitan past to guide them towards the future. Next, the book focuses on narrative dynamics by isolating several discourses on the cosmopolitan place and figure in European cultural history. It then goes on to detail the internal representations and local functions of larger wholes in smaller communities, shedding a new light on issues of inter- disciplinary interest: self- governance, participation, local knowledge, social memory, scale, planning and development. Of interest to political scientists, anthropologists, economists, geographers and philosophers, this book offers an insightful contribution to theories of globalization and global/ local interaction, bringing the local discursive mechanics into sharper focus and also emphasizing the semi- autonomous character of narrative constructions of self and community in a larger world.
Contents Part I Introduction and Basic Concepts; 1 Back to Basics: Cosmopolitanism?; Abstract ; References; Part II A Broader Angle; 2 A Brief Orientation in the Literature; Abstract ; References; 3 Cosmopolitanism in the Light of Philosophical Tradition; Abstract ; References; 4 Cosmopolitanism and Networks: Odessa, Trieste, Tbilisi; Abstract ; 4.1 Trieste; 4.2 Odessa; 4.3 Tbilisi; 4.4 Narratives and Networks and These Three; References; Part III The Small Worlds of Cosmopolitanism: Sulina; 5 Introduction: Sulina as Center and Margin; Abstract ; References; 6 Narratives of Place and Self.
Abstract 6.1 Autobiography, Biography, and Place; 6.2 Gatekeepers and Promoters of Memory; 6.3 A History of Marginality; 6.4 New Borders and Boundaries; References; 7 Identities on the Move; Abstract ; 7.1 Fluid Identities and Migration; 7.2 Performance of Multiculturalism and Urban Space; 7.3 Vanished Groups and Their Narrative Impact; 7.4 Vanished Places and Their Narrative Impact; References; 8 Narratives, Networks and Policies (Sulina and Beyond); Abstract ; 8.1 Changing Landscapes and Reconstruction of Identity; 8.2 Past, Future and Policy; References; Part IV Small and Large.
9 Local Cosmopolitanism and GovernanceAbstract ; 9.1 Introduction: Local Cosmopolitanism Revisited; 9.2 The Real; 9.3 Trieste and the Others; 9.4 Towards a Governance Frame; 9.5 Policies and Steering; References.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed May 21, 2015).
ISBN 9783319190303 (electronic bk.)
331919030X (electronic bk.)
3319190296 (print)
9783319190297 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-19030-3
OCLC # 909769245
Additional Format Printed edition: 9783319190297

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