Cosmopolitanism is about the extension of the moral and political horizons of people, societies, organizations and institutions. Over the past 25 years there has been considerable interest in cosmopolitan thought across the human social sciences.

The second edition of the Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies is an enlarged, revised and updated version of the first edition. It consists of 50 chapters across a broader range of topics in the social and human sciences. Eighteen entirely new chapters cover topics that have become increasingly prominent in cosmopolitan scholarship in recent years, such as sexualities, public space, the Kantian legacy, the commons, internet, generations, care and heritage.

This Second Edition aims to showcase some of the most innovative and promising developments in recent writing in the human and social sciences on cosmopolitanism. Both comprehensive and innovative in the topics covered, the Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitanism Studies is divided into four sections.

  • Cosmopolitan theory and history with a focus on the classical and contemporary approaches,
  • The cultural dimensions of cosmopolitanism,
  • The politics of cosmopolitanism,
  • World varieties of cosmopolitanism.

There is a strong emphasis in interdisciplinarity, with chapters covering contributions in philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, media studies, international relations. The Handboook’s clear and comprehensive style will appeal to a wide undergraduate and postgraduate audience across the social and human sciences.

chapter |8 pages


The field of cosmopolitanism studies

part I|131 pages

Cosmopolitan theory, history and approaches

chapter 1|10 pages

Kant and cosmopolitan legacies

chapter 4|14 pages

Alt-histories of cosmopolitanism

Rewriting the past in the service of the future

chapter 5|13 pages

World history and cosmopolitanism

chapter 7|13 pages

The modern cognitive order, cosmopolitanism and conflicting models of world openness

Towards a critique of contemporary social relations

chapter 9|16 pages

Border thinking and decolonial cosmopolitanism

Overcoming colonial/imperial differences

chapter 10|12 pages

Cosmopolitanism and social research

Some methodological issues of an emerging research agenda

part II|171 pages

Cosmopolitan cultures

chapter 13|10 pages

Cosmopolitanism and ‘civilization’

Social theory and political programmes

chapter 14|10 pages

Cosmopolitanism and translation

chapter 16|12 pages

Festivals, museums, exhibitions

Aesthetic cosmopolitanism in the cultural public sphere

chapter 17|13 pages

Aesthetic cosmopolitanism

chapter 18|13 pages

The cosmopolitanism of the sacred

chapter 22|13 pages

Interspecies cosmopolitanism

chapter 23|10 pages

Making heritage cosmopolitan

chapter 24|10 pages

Bordering and connectivity

Thinking about cosmopolitan borders

part III|127 pages


chapter 27|11 pages

Seeking global justice

What kind of equality should guide cosmopolitans?

chapter 28|10 pages


chapter 30|11 pages

The commons and cosmopolitanism

chapter 31|10 pages

The idea of cosmopolitan solidarity

chapter 33|12 pages

A deeper framework of cosmopolitan justice

Addressing inequalities in the era of the Anthropocene

chapter 34|11 pages

Cosmopolitan care

chapter 35|13 pages

The Internet and cosmopolitanism

chapter 37|10 pages

Cosmopolitan diplomacy

part IV|159 pages

World varieties of cosmopolitanism

chapter 38|12 pages

Cosmopolitanism in Latin America

Political practices, critiques, and imaginaries

chapter 39|12 pages

Caribbean cosmopolitanism

The view from ethnography

chapter 40|13 pages

Americans and others

Historical identity formation in the United States

chapter 41|14 pages

Cosmopolitanism in Asia

chapter 43|12 pages

Unity in diversity

The Indian idea of cosmopolitanism

chapter 44|9 pages

Between tianxia and postsocialism

Contemporary Chinese cosmopolitanism

chapter 45|15 pages


Japan’s cosmopolitanism

chapter 46|11 pages

Immigration, indigeneity and identity

Cosmopolitanism in Australia and New Zealand

chapter 47|12 pages

Cosmopolitanism in a European context

Reflections on cosmopolitan order in Europe and the EU

chapter 48|11 pages

Cosmopolitan Europe

Postcolonial interventions and global transitions