Local Cosmopolitanism

Imagining and (Re-)Making Privileged Places

  • Kristof Van Assche
  • Petruța Teampău

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction and Basic Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 3-6
  3. A Broader Angle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 9-13
    3. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 15-24
    4. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 25-45
  4. The Small Worlds of Cosmopolitanism: Sulina

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 49-55
    3. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 57-86
    4. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 87-102
    5. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 103-114
  5. Small and Large

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Kristof Van Assche, Petruţa Teampău
      Pages 117-131

About this book


This book offers a unique perspective on cosmopolitanism, examining  the ways it is constructed and reconstructed on the small scale in an ongoing process of matching the local with the global, a process entailing mutual transformation. Based on a wide range of literatures and a series of case studies, it analyzes the different versions and functions of cosmopolitanism and points to the need to critically re-examine current conceptions of globalization.

The book first illustrates the interplay between networks and narratives in the construction of cosmopolitan communities in three specific cities: Trieste, Odessa and Tbilisi. Each has a past more cosmopolitan than the present and each uses that cosmopolitan past to guide them towards the future.

Next, the book focuses on narrative dynamics by isolating several discourses on the cosmopolitan place and figure in European cultural history. It then goes on to detail the internal representations and local functions of larger wholes in smaller communities, shedding a new light on issues of inter- disciplinary interest: self- governance, participation, local knowledge, social memory, scale, planning and development.

Of interest to political scientists, anthropologists, economists, geographers and philosophers, this book offers an insightful contribution to theories of globalization and global/ local interaction, bringing the local discursive mechanics into sharper focus and also emphasizing the semi- autonomous character of narrative constructions of self and community in a larger world.


Current conceptions of globalization European cultural history Global/local interaction Local governance Mutual transformation Perspective on cosmopolitanism

Authors and affiliations

  • Kristof Van Assche
    • 1
  • Petruța Teampău
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Extension, University of AlbertaEdmonton, AlbertaCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19030-3
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-19029-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-19030-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4165
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4173
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