Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Gender, Culture and the Normalisation of Differenc Mica Nava

ISBN: 9781845202439

Published: October 15th 2007

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224 pages


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Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Gender, Culture and the Normalisation of Differenc  by  Mica Nava

Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Gender, Culture and the Normalisation of Differenc by Mica Nava
October 15th 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 224 pages | ISBN: 9781845202439 | 10.18 Mb

Renowned cultural theorist Mica Nava makes a significant contribution to the study of cosmopolitanism by exploring everyday English urban cosmopolitanism and foregrounding the gendered, imaginative and empathetic aspects of positive engagement withMoreRenowned cultural theorist Mica Nava makes a significant contribution to the study of cosmopolitanism by exploring everyday English urban cosmopolitanism and foregrounding the gendered, imaginative and empathetic aspects of positive engagement with cultural and racial difference. By looking at a wide range of texts, events and biographical narratives, she traces cosmopolitanism from its marginal status at the beginning of the twentieth century to its relative normalisation by centurys end.

Case studies include the promotion of cosmopolitanism by Selfridges before the first world war- relationships between white English women and other men -- Jews and black GIs -- during the 1930s and 1940s- literary, cinematic and social science representations of migrants in postcolonial Britain- and Diana and Dodis interracial romance in the 1990s.

In the final chapter, the author draws on her own complex family history to illustrate the contemporary cosmopolitan London experience. Scholars have tended to ignore the oppositional cultures of antiracism and social inclusivity. This groundbreaking study redresses this imbalance and offers a sophisticated account of the uneven history of vernacular cosmopolitanism.



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