- Title Pages
- 1 The Cosmopolitanism of the Poor
- 2 George Orwell, Cosmopolitanism, and Global Justice
- 3 Cosmopolitanism Goes to Class
- 4 Utonal Life
- 5 Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Solidarity
- 6 Afropolitanism
- 7 Cosmopolitan Exchanges
- 8 The Cosmopolitan Experience and Its Uses
- 9 Cosmopolitanism and the Claims of Religious Identity
- 10 The Cosmopolitan Idea and National Sovereignty
- 11 Spectral Sovereignty, Vernacular Cosmopolitans, and Cosmopolitan Memories
- 12 Cosmopolitan Prejudice
- 13 A Stoic Critique of Cosmopolitanism
- 14 A Cosmopolitanism of Connections
- 15 The Pitfalls and Promises of Afropolitanism
- 16 City of Youth and Mellow Elusiveness
- 17 The Cosmopolitanisms of Citizenship
- 18 Afropolitan Style and Unusable Global Spaces
- 19 Other Cosmopolitans
- About the Contributors
Mbembe discusses the difficulty of defining “who is African” based on race given the continent’s long history as both the starting and end point of population movements and cultural transmissions. Addressing formations of new solidarities within the transformations taking places across African cultures and identities, Mbembe draws upon that history to posit the possibility of a transnational “Afropolitan” culture that embraces difference as it engages with the world at large.
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