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The Particularism of Cosmopolitanism


Goetze, C, The Particularism of Cosmopolitanism, Global Society, 27, (1) pp. 91-114. ISSN 1360-0826 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13600826.2012.734284


Cosmopolitan political theorists model their aspirations for global democratic politics on international organisations. But how cosmopolitan are international organisations? Based on a survey of civilian staff of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, the UN headquarters and other organisations working in Kosovo’s post-conflict environment, the current article will show that staff in international organisations are not only cosmopolitan. Their world views confirm the individualist-liberal pedigree of cosmopolitanism but also show a strong tendency towards conservative values and a continued appraisal of the state’s role. Their historical narratives are, furthermore, distinctively based on the historical experience of Western Europe and North America. The article concludes that cosmopolitanism is politically firmly rooted in the historical and ideological experience of the West, and hence is not universal.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cosmopolitanism; United Nations; peacebuilding
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:114362
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-14
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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