Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329031 Published June 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745329048 Published June 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport

Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport

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240 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745329031 Published June 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745329048 Published June 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

In this follow up to their widely read earlier volume, The Trouble with Community, Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport ask: 'Do notions of community remain central to our sense of who we are, in the dislocating context of globalization, or can we see beyond community closures to a human whole?'

This volume explores the variable nature of contemporary sociality. It focuses on the ethical, organizational and emotional claims and opportunities sought or fashioned for mobilizing and evading social collectivities in a world of mobile subjects. Here is an examination of the tensions and interactions between everyday forms of fluid fellowship, culturally normative claims to identity, and opportunities for realizing a universal humanity.

The book offers a new perspective on human commonality through a dialogue between two eminent anthropologists who come from distinct, but complementary positions.

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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