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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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Cosmopolitanism Goes to Class

Cosmopolitanism Goes to Class

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Walter Benn Michaels

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Walter Benn Michaels argues that the salient issue should not be the debate between cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism, but rather the choice of cultural difference over economic difference that for him is implied in both. On university campuses, Michaels contends, cultural difference is considered a positive opportunity while economic difference—that is, poverty—does not define a useful identity. Cosmopolitanism cannot afford to invest in cultural difference at the expense of concern for class difference and social justice.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, economic difference, identity, social justice

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