Cosmopolitanism and the Society of Strangers

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In this article the implications of cosmopolitan thought for the cohesion of groups are explored. The central argument is that cosmopolitanism signals a shift from sociality to humanity, which eyes an all-inclusive society of strangers as its end result. Cosmopolitanism is discussed as a manifestation of the mentality of the global elite, as world citizenship, as a politics of human rights, as a religion of humanity and as global mores. In these distinct dimensions, cosmopolitanism appears to pave the way for the society of strangers.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)367-388
Number of pages22
JournalCurrent sociology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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