Global Inequality, Human Rights and Power: a critique of Ulrich Beck's Cosmopolitanism

Martell, Luke (2009) Global Inequality, Human Rights and Power: a critique of Ulrich Beck's Cosmopolitanism. Critical Sociology, 35 (2). pp. 253-272. ISSN 0896-9205

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Abstract

This article is a critique of Ulrich Beck’s advocacy of a cosmopolitan approach to global inequality and human rights. It is argued that cosmopolitanism does not bring a new and unique perspective on global inequality. In fact Beck’s proposals on migration would reinforce inequality and anti-cosmopolitanism. It is argued that his ‘both/and’ perspective on hybridisation and contextual universalism is undermined by inequality, conflict and power that are glossed over in Beck’s approach. I argue that human rights interventionism as advocated by Beck falls short of cosmopolitanism, in ways which are shown by qualifications about power and inequality that Beck himself makes in his arguments.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Luke Martell
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 02:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2138
Google Scholar:4 Citations

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