The relationship between cosmopolitanism and borders is established via discussion of the changing nature of borders and a critique of the main characteristics of contemporary cosmopolitanism and its likely future trajectory. An alternative understanding of cosmopolitanism is offered, emerging from a critique of the idea of ‘openness’, and founded on a different understanding of the relationship between globalization and cosmopolitanism. The four cosmopolitan dimensions of borders are introduced — vernacularization, multiperspectivalism, fixity/unfixity and connectivities — each having a chapter in the book devoted to it. The idea of borders as ‘cosmopolitan workshops’ is also introduced.
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