Post-Cosmopolitan Cities

Explorations of Urban Coexistence

Berghahn Books Band 9

Caroline Skvirskaja, Vera Humphrey

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"What emerges as common features of these cities mark their unique contribution to an understanding of cosmopolitanism as ideal and practice, raising crucial questions about who is or can be cosmopolitan and where cosmopolitanism is in the world. Loosely connected by their orientation to both Europe and Asia, the shifting valences of this outlook over time have important consequences for the cities' respective cosmopolitan-ness, as well as the meaning and nature of cosmopolitanism." · Urban History

"In their new book, Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja have excelled in building a ...magnificent world of cultural identities without ends. The authors and editors offer a compelling exploration of the multilayered ideas about what makes "us"and "them"in six cities: Odessa, Tbilisi, Warsaw, Venice, Thessalonica, and Dushanbe...Humphrey and Skvirskaja take the deeper, anthropological, microscopic view of the everyday experiences of people. And in this they do an excellent job." · Slavic Review

"Taken together, these [chapters] individually offer valuable insights into the dynamics of urban co-existence (or lack thereof)...[and] reveal that cosmopolitanism's definitions and meanings only exist in the plural, that the formation of cosmopolitan ideas and communities is inevitably contingent and place-specific, and that the forces preaching exclusion and intolerance are often at least as powerful as those promoting cultural acceptance in a rapidly globalising world... a useful text for courses concerned with globalisation and urbanism." · Urban Studies

"This volume captures the spirit [of the renewed interest in the city] well and delivers a lively set of essays. Here, the shift away from the usual story about immigration and how to cope with it takes us, instead, to a widely shared perception of the loss of diversity and shared lifestyle, often without regard for actual statistics on multi-ethnic urban populations." · Bruce Grant, New York University

Examining the way people imagine and interact in their cities, this book explores the post-cosmopolitan city. The contributors consider the effects of migration, national, and religious revivals (with their new aesthetic sensibilities), the dispositions of marginalized economic actors, and globalized tourism on urban sociality. The case studies here share the situation of having been incorporated in previous political regimes (imperial, colonial, socialist) that one way or another created their own kind of cosmopolitanism, and now these cities are experiencing the aftermath of these regimes while being exposed to new national politics and migratory flows of people.

Caroline Humphrey is a Research Director in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She has worked in the USSR/Russia, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, Nepal, and India. Her research interests include socialist and post-socialist society, religion, ritual, economy, history, and the contemporary transformations of cities.


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.2014
Herausgeber Caroline Humphrey, Vera Skvirskaja
Verlag Ingram Publishers Services
Seitenzahl 260
Maße 22.9/15.2/1.4 cm
Gewicht 385 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78238-677-3

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    Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja

    Chapter 1. Odessa: Pogroms in a Cosmopolitan City
    Caroline Humphrey

    Chapter 2. Negotiating Cosmopolitanism: Migration, Religious Education and Shifting Jewish Orientation in Post-Soviet Odessa
    Marina Sapritsky

    Chapter 3. At the City's Social Margins: Selective Cosmopolitans in Odessa
    Vera Skvirskaja

    Chapter 4. 'A Gate, but Leading Where?' In Search of Actually Existing Cosmopolitanism in Post-Soviet Tbilisi
    Martin Demant Frederiksen

    Chapter 5. Cosmopolitan Architecture: 'Deviations' from Stalinist Aesthetics and the Making of Twenty-first Century Warsaw
    G. Michal Murawski

    Chapter 6. Sinking and Shrinking city: Cosmopolitanism, Historical Memory and Social Change in Venice
    Joanna Kostylo

    Chapter 7. Haunted by the Past: Immigration and Thessaloniki's Questionable Path to a New Cosmopolitanism
    Panos Hatziprokopiou

    Chapter 8. 'For Badakshan - the Country without Borders!': Village Cosmopolitans, Urban-Rural Networks and the Post-Cosmopolitan City in Tajikistan
    Magnus Marsden

    Notes on Contributors