Disaster cosmopolitanism : imaginations of comparison in Kamila Shamsie's Burnt shadows / Liam O'Loughlin
Cosmopolitanism from below : oil capitalism, informality, and citizenship in Nigeria / Paul Ugor
Representing migrant labour in contemporary Britain : Hsaio- ung Pai's Chinese whispers and Marina Lewycka's Strawberry fields/Two caravans / Pamela McCallum
Cosmopolitan Creoles and neoliberal mobility in Annalee Davis's On the map / Melissa Stephens
Reproductive politics, the negative present, and cosmopolitan futurity / Heather Latimer
Standing outside the law : prostitution-free zones and the power of property / Juliane Collard
"Internal racisms" of the Yakuza-eiga / Mike Dillon
Embedded cosmopolitanism : Tolstoyan and Goethean ideas of world Literature during the two world wars / Dina Gusejnova
At home in the world of the wound : feral cosmopolitics in the Red Riding Quartet / Mark Simpson
Homiletic realism / Timothy Brennan.
"From climate change, debt, and refugee crises, to energy security, environmental disasters, and terrorism, the events that lead nightly newscasts and drive public policy demand a global perspective. In the twentieth century the world sought solutions through formal institutions of international governance such as like the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and the World Bank, but present-day our responses to global realities are often more provisional, improvisational, and contingent. Tracing this uneven history in order to identify principal actors, contesting ideologies, and competing rhetoric, Negative Cosmopolitanism challenges the Kantian ideal of cosmopolitanism as the precondition for a perpetual global peace. Uniting researchers working on contemporary problems with those studying related issues of the past--including slavery, industrial capitalism, and corporate imperialism--essays in this volume scrutinize the entanglement of cosmopolitanism within expanding networks of trade and global capital from the eighteenth-century to the present. By doing so, the contributors pinpoint the ways in which whole populations have been unwillingly caught up in a capitalist reality that has little in common with the earlier ideals of cosmopolitanism. A model for provoking new and necessary questions about neoliberalism, biopolitics, colonialism, citizenship, and xenophobia, Negative Cosmopolitanism establishes a fresh take on the representation of globalization and modern life in history and literature."-- Provided by publisher.