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Critiquing liberal cosmopolitanism? The limits of the biopolitical approach

Chandler, David C. (2009) Critiquing liberal cosmopolitanism? The limits of the biopolitical approach. International Political Sociology, 3 (1). pp. 53-70. ISSN 1749-5679

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-5687.2008.00063.x


Today there is a widespread recognition of the erosion of political community on the territorial basis of the nation-state. Instead, alternative framings of "being" political or of engaging in politics have argued for a more radical post-territorial space of political possibilities, of what it means to be political, and of how we envision political community. Through focusing on the two dominant articulations of post-territorial political community, liberal cosmopolitan and radical poststructuralist approaches, this article seeks to analyze the possibilities and limitations inherent in the search for political community beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. The aspiration to engage in, construct, or recognize the existence of a post-territorial political community, a community of broader humanity, has been articulated in liberal terms as cosmopolitanism, driven by global civil society, and in poststructuralist terms as "political cosmopolitanism,"cosmopolitanism-to-come" or the "solidarity of the governed," given its force by the creativity of the resistance to liberal universalism of the "multitude". This article seeks to draw out the similarities between these two contrasting approaches, ostensibly based upon either the extension of or the critique of liberal political ontologies.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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