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Cosmopolitanism and the culture of peacebuilding


Goetze, C and Bliesemann de Guevara, B, Cosmopolitanism and the culture of peacebuilding, Review of International Studies, 40, (4) pp. 771-802. ISSN 0260-2105 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S026021051300051X


Cosmopolitanism has been argued to be a crucial component of peacebuilding, both with regard to its aims as well as its staff. In a universalist-liberal understanding of the concept, cosmopolitanism is the optimal mind frame for peacebuilders to rebuild post-war societies, due to the tolerance, justice-orientation, and neutrality regarding local cleavages that the concept entails in theory. This article argues, however, that cosmopolitanism cannot be understood outside of its social context, therefore requiring sociological empirical analyses. Drawing on three such sociological concepts, namely elite, glocal, and localisable cosmopolitanism, the article analyses empirically through interviews with peacebuilders in Kosovo whether and in which form these international civil servants display cosmopolitan worldviews. The study concludes that while in theory the localisable variant would be best suited to contribute to locally sensitive, emancipatory peacebuilding, this form of cosmopolitanism is absent in practice. Given the novel, exploratory character of this analysis of hitherto uncharted terrain, the article also discusses in detail how the findings were obtained and in how far they are generalisable

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:peacebuilding; cosmopolitanism; United Nations
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Goetze, C (Dr Catherine Goetze)
ID Code:112231
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-10-31
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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