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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001

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George Orwell, Cosmopolitanism, and Global Justice

George Orwell, Cosmopolitanism, and Global Justice

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Bruce Robbins

NYU Press

Drawing on the works of George Orwell, Bruce Robbins asks how cosmopolitanism might become a force for a more democratic redistribution of global resources. Orwell himself had this goal in mind but saw it as requiring considerable sacrifice on the part of the more prosperous. Examining Orwell’s BBC broadcasts to India during World War II, Robbins suggests that Orwell saw wartime rationing as surprising evidence that people were willing to deny themselves material goods for some greater good; hence they might be capable of doing so again in the interest of greater global equality.

Keywords:   redistribution, democracy, globalization, income inequality, empire, World War II, India, Orwell

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