Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality
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Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

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Do notions of community remain central to our sense of who we are, or can we see beyond community closures to a human whole?This volume explores the nature of contemporary sociality. It focuses on the ethical, organisational and emotional claims and opportunities sought or fashioned for mobilising and evading social collectivities in a world of mobile subjects. Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport present an examination of the tensions and interactions between everyday forms of fluid fellowship, culturally normative claims to identity, and opportunities for realising a universal humanity.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 139.7 x 218.44 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745329047
  • 9780745329048

About Vered Amit

Vered Amit is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her recent publications include, as co-author with Nigel Rapport, Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality (Pluto, 2012), and as editor Thinking through Sociality: An Anthropological Interrogation of Key Concepts (2015). Nigel Rapport is Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is author of a number of books including Transcendent Individual (Routledge, 1997).
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements

Prologue: The Book's Structure

Nigel Rapport and Vered Amit

PART I: COMMUNITY AND DISJUNCTION: THE CREATIVITY AND UNCERTAINTY OF EVERYDAY ENGAGEMENT

Vered Amit

1. Community as `Good to Think With': The Productiveness of Strategic Ambiguities.

2. Consociation and Communitas: The Ambiguous Charms of the Quotidian

3. Disjuncture as `Good to Think With'

4. Mobility and Cosmopolitanism: Frustrated Aspirations towards disjuncture.

Notes

References

PART II: COSMOPOLITANISM: ACTORS, RELATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS BEYOND THE COMMUNITARIAN

Nigel Rapport

Preamble

5. Introduction: The Space of Cosmopolitanism, and the Cosmopolitan Subject

6. Cosmopolitan Living: People of the Air and Global Guests

7. Cosmopolitan Learning: Diffusion, Openness and Irony

8. Cosmopolitan Planning: Anyone, Society and Community

9. Epilogue: Cosmopolitanism and Culture

Notes

References

PART III: DIALOGUE

10. Amit Responds to Rapport: When cosmopolitan rights are not enough

11. Rapport Responds to Amit: On the analytical need to deconstruct 'community'

Index
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Review quote

'An important contribution' -- Raul Acosta, University of Deusto 'Unsettles in very productive ways anthropological understandings of cosmopolitanism and community' -- Deborah Reed-Danahay, Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY 'Thoughtfully and beautifully written, this is a highly original book crossing genres and disciplines in its quest for insight into the human condition' -- Thomas Hylland Eriksen is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous books, including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, and Small Places, Large Issues, available from Pluto Press.
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